François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 122 (1678).
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  • ''Fortune makes our virtues and vices visible, just as light does the objects of sight.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 379 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The applause we give those who are new to society often proceeds from a secret envying of those already established.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 281 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 238 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Moderation in people who are contented comes from that calm that good fortune lends to their spirit.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 17 (1678).
  • ''Unfaithfulness ought to extinguish love, and we should not be jealous when there is reason to be. Only those who give no grounds for jealousy are worthy of 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. 359 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The appearances of goodness and merit often meet with a greater reward from the world than goodness and merit 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. 167 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 260 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 216 (1678).
  • ''Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 61 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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