François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, epigraph (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''The reason why most women have so little sense of friendship is that this is but a cold and flat passion to those that have felt that of love.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 440 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by chance—but he who knows it and can judge it and has a true taste for 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. 106 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 156 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is necessary, in order to know things well, to know the particulars of them; and these, being infinite, make our knowledge ever superficial and imperfect.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 107 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The resistance we make to our passions is due to their weakness, not our strength.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 123 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There is a sort of love whose very excessiveness prevents the lover's being jealous.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 336 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A man's worth has its season, like fruit.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 291 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Folly follows us all through our lives. If one man seems wiser than his neighbors, it is only because his follies are better suited to his age and his 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. 208 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Youth is a continual drunkenness; it is the fever of reason.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 271 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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