François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''That which occasions so many mistakes in the computations of men, when they expect return for favors, is that the giver's pride and the receiver's cannot agree upon the value of the kindness done.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 226 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''Men frequently do good only to give themselves opportunity of doing ill 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. 122 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 350 (1678).
  • ''Virtues lose themselves in self-interest, as rivers in the sea.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 172 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What men call friendship is no more than a partnership, a mutual care of interests, an exchange of favors—in a word, it is a sort of traffic, in which self-love ever proposes to be the gainer.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 465 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Nature seems to have treasured up the depth of our mind talents and abilities that we are not aware of; it is the privilege of the passions alone to bring them to light, and to direct us sometimes to surer and more excellent aims than conscious effort could.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 403 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are few good women who do not tire of their rôle.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 367 (1678).
  • ''We always love those that admire us, but we do not always love those we admire.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 294 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''That man, we may be sure, is a person of true worth, whom those who envy him most are yet forced to praise.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 96 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What we cut off from our other faults is very often but so much added to our pride.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 450 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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