François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''It is with an old love as it is with old age—a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 430 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''The whimsicalness of our own humor is a thousand times more fickle and unaccountable than what we blame so much in 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. 46 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Self-love is the love of a man's own self, and of everything else for his own sake. It makes people idolaters to themselves, and tyrants to all the world besides.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 2 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Affected simplicity is a subtle imposture.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 289 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''He that would be a great man must learn to turn every accident to some advantage.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 343 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The esteem of good men is the reward of our worth, but the reputation of the world in general is the gift of our fate.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 166 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is with true love as with ghosts and apparitions: every one talks of it, and scarcely any one has seen 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. 77 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Whatever pretended causes we may blame our afflictions upon, it is often nothing but self-interest and vanity that produce 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. 233 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''All men are equally proud. The only difference is that not all take the same methods of showing 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. 36 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It requires more virtue to bear good fortune than ill.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 26 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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