François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised 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. 147 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''We easily forget our faults when no one knows them but 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. 197 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''If one judges love according to the greatest part of the effects it produces, it would appear to resemble rather hatred than kindness.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 73 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 282 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us 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. 428 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''One man may be more cunning than another, but no one can be more cunning than all the world.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 393 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We often are consoled by our want of reason for misfortunes that reason could not have comforted.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 325 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Only the contemptible fear contempt.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 322 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''What we take for high-mindedness is very often no other than ambition well disguised, that scorns means interests, only to pursue greater.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 247 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''We often brag that we are never bored with ourselves, and are so vain as never to think ourselves bad 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. 142 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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