François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Generally speaking, we would make a good bargain by renouncing all the good that people say of us, upon condition they would say no 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. 454 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''The clemency of princes is very often only a state-trick, to gain upon the affections of their subjects.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 16 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 292 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 76 (1678).
  • ''To praise princes for virtues which they have not, is to insult them with impunity.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 320 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 196 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''None but great men are capable of having great flaws.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 191 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgment.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 89 (1678).
  • ''Silence is the best security to the man who distrusts himself.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 80 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The breeding we give young people is ordinarily but an additional self-love, by which we make them have a better opinion of themselves.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 261 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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