François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''It seems that nature, having taken such wise care to fit the organs of our body for our happiness and convenience, gave us also pride, to spare us the pain of knowing our own imperfections.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 37 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have of them; and a man has attained it when he enjoys what he loves and desires himself, and not what other people think lovely and desirable.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 49 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The disabusing a man strongly possessed with an opinion of his own worth is the very same ill office that was done to the fool at Athens, who fancied all the ships that came into the harbor were his own.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 93 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 7 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''When our hatred is too fierce, it places us beneath those we hate.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 338 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 42 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The desire to be thought clever often prevents a man from becoming so.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 200 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Nothing ought in reason to mortify our self-satisfaction more that the considering that we condemn at one time what we highly approve and commend at 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. 52 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We pardon to the extent that we love.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 330 (1678).
  • ''Things often offer themselves to our mind in a more finished form in the very first thought, than we might have made them by much art and study.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 102 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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