François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Nothing is more ridiculous in old people that were once good-looking, than to forget that they are not so still.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 407 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 269 (1678).
  • ''Great men's honor ought always to be measured by the methods they made use of in attaining 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. 158 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 99 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 263 (1678).
  • ''Gravity is a kind of mystical behavior in the body, invented to conceal the defects of the mind.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 258 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 382 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem 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. 431 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Ed. FitzGibbon (1957). Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 593 (1664).
  • ''The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 113 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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