François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Eloquence resides as much in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the expression of the face, as in the choice of words.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 251 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 231 (1678).
  • ''When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 380 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What makes us so angry with those that have tricked us, is that they think themselves cleverer than ourselves.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 350 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Men are often so foolish as to boast and value themselves upon their passions, even those that are most vicious. But envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that no one every ever had the confidence to own 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. 28 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 71 (1678).
  • ''The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 342 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 263 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives behind them.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-80), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 409 (1678).
  • ''Virtue would not make such advances if there were not a little vanity to keep it company.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 201 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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