Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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Born: September 15, 1613, Paris, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Paris, France, March 17, 1680

1.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

2.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

3.
A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

4.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

5.
As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

6.
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

7.
Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

8.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

9.
Few things are impracticable in themselves and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

10.
Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

11.
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

12.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

13.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

14.
Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

15.
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

16.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

17.
However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

18.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

19.
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

20.
If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

21.
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

22.
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

23.
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

24.
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

25.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

26.
It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

27.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

28.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

29.
It is not enough to have great qualities We should also have the management of them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

30.
It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

31.
It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

32.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

33.
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

34.
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

35.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

36.
Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

37.
Many men are contemptuous of riches few can give them away.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

38.
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

39.
Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

40.
Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

41.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

42.
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

43.
No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

44.
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

45.
Nothing is so contagious as example and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

46.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

47.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

48.
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

49.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

50.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

51.
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

52.
Only the contemptible fear contempt.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

53.
Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

54.
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

55.
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

56.
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

57.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

58.
Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of the consequences.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

59.
Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

60.
Taste may change, but inclination never.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

61.
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

62.
The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody has sought after them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

63.
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

64.
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

65.
There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

66.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

67.
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

68.
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

69.
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

70.
There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

71.
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

72.
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

73.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

74.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

75.
Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

76.
Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

77.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

78.
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

79.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

80.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

81.
We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

82.
We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

83.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

84.
We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive and dissemble with ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

85.
We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

86.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

87.
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

88.
We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look little in one that is too big for us.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

89.
We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

90.
We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

91.
We pardon to the extent that we love.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

92.
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

93.
We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

94.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

95.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

96.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

97.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

98.
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

99.
Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

100.
You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to find a woman who has had just one.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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