François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Even the most disinterested love is, after all, but a kind of bargain, in which self-love always proposes to be the gainer one way or another.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 82 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 395 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is often hard to determine whether a clear, open, and honorable proceeding is the result of goodness or of cunning.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 171 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 303 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 41 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A weak mind is the only defect out of our power to mend.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 131 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty—while virtue gets all the credit.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 170 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The thing that makes our friendships so short and changeable is that the qualities and dispositions of the soul are very hard to know, and those of the understanding and wit very easy.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 81 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Self-interest speaks all sort of languages, and plays all sort of roles—even that of disinterest.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 40 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Were we not proud ourselves, we should not complain of the pride of 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. 35 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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