François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac]

Quotations

  • ''When the soul is ruffled by the remains of one passion, it is more disposed to entertain a new one than when it is entirely cured and at rest from all.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 487 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 18 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look little in one that is too big for us.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 419 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''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.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 59 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Quarrels would never last long, if the fault were on but one side.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 499 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 321 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Women can more easily conquer their passion than their coquetterie.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 334 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The love of justice in most people is only the fear of suffering injustice.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 79 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We often make use of envenomed praise, that reveals on the rebound, as it were, defects in those praised which we dare not expose any other way.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 146 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Old age is a tyrant that forbids us upon pain of death all the pleasures of youth.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 461 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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