François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 301 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 298 (1678).
  • ''When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 348 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of 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. 130 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Men are inconsolable concerning the treachery of their friends or the deceptions of their enemies; and yet they are often very highly satisfied to be both deceived and betrayed by their own selves.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 115 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 140 (1678).
  • ''Very few people are acquainted with death. They undergo it, commonly, not so much out of resolution as custom and insensitivity; and most men die because they cannot help 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. 25 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 446 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Usually we praise only to be praised.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 146 (1678).
  • ''Bravery in simple soldiers is a dangerous trade, to which they have bound themselves to get their livelihood.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 215 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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