François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''Men never desire anything very eagerly which they desire only by the dictates of reason.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 471 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 73 (1678).
  • ''We are much mistaken if we think that men are always brave from a principle of valor, or women chaste from a principle of modesty.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 1 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Men of all professions affect such an air and appearance as to seem to be what they wish to be believed to be—so that one might say the whole world is made up of nothing but appearances.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 257 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 226 (1678).
  • ''We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 50 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 493 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''True eloquence consists in saying all that need be said and no more.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 250 (1678).
  • ''We are sensitive to good or ill fortune only in proportion to our self-love.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 339 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Considering how little the beginning or the ceasing to love is in our own power, it is foolish and unreasonable for the lover or his mistress to complain of one another's inconstancy.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 72 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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