Either you have a rival or you don't. If you have one, you must please in order to be preferred to him, and if you don't you must still please-in order to avoid having one.

— Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

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Cast between the extremes of happiness and misfortune, uncertainty is a cruel torment.

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Revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

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Humanity is not perfect in any fashion;

no more in the case of evil than in that of good. The criminal has his virtues, just as the honest man has his weaknesses.

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All publicity is good publicity.

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It has become necessary for me to have this woman, so as to save myself from the ridicule of being in love with her: for to what lengths will a man not be driven by thwarted desire?

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I assure you that the world is not so amusing as we imagined.

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I willingly allow that money does not guarantee happiness;

but it must also be allowed that it makes happiness a great deal easier to achieve.

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A man enjoys the happiness he feels, a woman the happiness she gives.

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I see you are already as timid as a slave: you might as well be in love.

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It was there, in particular, that I confirmed the truth that love, which we cry up as the source of our pleasures, is nothing more than an excuse for them.

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How characteristic of your perverse heart that longs only for what happens to be out of reach.

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When one woman strikes at the heart of another, she seldom misses, and the wound is invariably fatal.

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About Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Quotes 22 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 18, 1741

I can see that you're in love, but only in a very narrow sense.

It's the love of someone that finds charms and qualities in a woman that she doesn't actually have, who puts her in a class apart with every one else in second place, and who stays attached to her even while he's abusing her.

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I am astonished at the pleasure one experiences in doing good;

and I should be tempted to believe that what we call virtuous people have not so much merit as they lead us to suppose.

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La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid

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Marquise de Merteuil: I've distilled every thing to one single principle: win or die.

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Truth to tell, the longer I live, the more I'm tempted to think that the only moderately worthwhile people in the world are you and I.

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Don't you remember that love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature?

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One must not permit oneself excesses, except with persons whom one wishes soon to leave.

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You may conquer her love of God: you will never overcome her fear of the devil.

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...it is not for the illusion of a moment to govern the choice of a lifetime.

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