Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS


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  • In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 298 (1678).

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  • Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 61 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 301 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 260 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 216 (1678).

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  • Unfaithfulness ought to extinguish love, and we should not be jealous when there is reason to be. Only those who give no grounds for jealousy are worthy of it.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 359 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • The appearances of goodness and merit often meet with a greater reward from the world than goodness and merit 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. 167 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 122 (1678).

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  • Fortune mends more faults in us than ever reason would be able to 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. 155 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • No one thinks fortune so blind as those she has been least kind to.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 390 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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