Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS


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  • Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 431 (1678).
  • We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive and dissemble with 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. 120 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Men's happiness and misery depends altogether as much upon their own humor as it does upon 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. 62 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 136 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Moderation is a fear of falling into that envy and contempt which those who grow giddy with their good fortune quite justly draw upon themselves. It is a vain boasting of the greatness of our mind.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 19 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 324 (1678).

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  • We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 404 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Criticism sometimes is really praise, and praise sometimes slander.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 149 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity 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. 293 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 148 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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