Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS


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  • Affected simplicity is a subtle imposture.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 289 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • He that would be a great man must learn to turn every accident to some advantage.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 343 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 127 (1678).
  • We seldom find people ungrateful so long as we are in a condition to render them service.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 306 (1678).

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  • If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 140 (1678).

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  • It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 231 (1678).
  • We easily forget our faults when no one knows them but ourselves.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 197 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • If one judges love according to the greatest part of the effects it produces, it would appear to resemble rather hatred than kindness.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 73 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • We frequently are troublesome to others, when we think it impossible for us ever to be so.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 243 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • In her first passions a woman loves her lover, but later she loves love itself.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 473 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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