François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 110 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel than the severest treatment at the hands of one loved.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 368 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is safer to do most men harm than to do them too much good.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 239 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The unbosoming oneself to another is a kind of release to the soul, which strives to lighten its burden and find ease by throwing off the weight that lay heavy upon 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. 240 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Self-love is the greatest flatterer in the world.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 3 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Absence cools moderate passions, and inflames violent ones; just as the wind blows out candles, but kindles fires.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 276 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is sometimes a point of as much cleverness to know to make good use of advice from others as to be able give good advice to 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. 284 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Some men are so full of themselves that when they fall in love, they amuse themselves rather with their own passion than with the person they 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. 503 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Every one complains of a poor memory, no one of a weak judgment.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 90 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The exceeding delight we take in talking about ourselves should give us cause to fear that we are giving but very little pleasure to our listeners.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 314 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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