François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 404 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''Criticism sometimes is really praise, and praise sometimes slander.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 149 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity 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. 293 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 324 (1678).
  • ''We confess our faults that our sincerity might repair the harm those faults themselves have done us in the esteem of others.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 185 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Death and the sun are two things we cannot look on with a steady eye.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 27 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 164 (1678).
  • ''Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives 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. 148 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''If vanity does not quite overturn our virtues, yet at least it makes them all totter.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 387 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Moral severity in women is only a dress or paint which they use to set off their beauty.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 205 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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