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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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  • ''Idleness and constancy fix the mind to what it finds easy and agreeable. This habit always confines and cramps up our knowledge; and no one has ever taken the trouble to stretch and carry his understanding as far as it could go.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 485 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''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 in our misfortunes take that for constancy and patience which is only dejection of mind; we suffer without daring to hold up our heads, just as cowards let themselves be knocked on the head because they have not courage to strike back.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 420 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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