Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
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

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

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

How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

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

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

Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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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