François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 93 (1678).
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  • ''To think to be wise alone is a very great folly.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 232 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The boldest stroke and best act of friendship is not to disclose our own failings to a friend, but to show him 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. 409 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for 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. 23 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Those who are incapable of commiting great crimes will not easily suspect others of doing so.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 592 (1665, ed. FitzGibbon, 1957). Samuel Johnson reiterated the remark in a letter, May 6, 1755, quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791): "Men do not suspect faults which they do not commit."
  • ''Treachery is more often the effect of weakness than of a formed design.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 121 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 143 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be 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. 385 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We seldom find people ungrateful so long as we are in a condition to render them service.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 306 (1678).
  • ''Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that have not wit enough to be honest.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 127 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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