François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''We do not lack strength so much as the will to use it; and very often our imagining that things are impossible is nothing but an excuse of our own contriving, to reconcile ourselves to our own idleness.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 31 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not 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. 70 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Most men have like plants hidden properties, which chance discloses.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 344 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We do not like to praise, and seldom praise anyone without self-interest.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 145 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 153 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 213 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The glory of a great man ought always to be estimated by the means used to acquire it.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 157 (1678).
  • ''When the philosophers despised riches, it was because they had a mind to vindicate their own merit, and take revenge upon the injustice of fortune by vilifying those enjoyments which she had not given 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. 55 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''If we had no faults of our own, we should not take half so much satisfaction in observing those of other people.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 32 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Most women's intelligence tends more to the improving of their folly than their 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. 340 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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