François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 19 (1678).
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  • ''We should desire very few things passionately if we did but perfectly know the nature of the things we desire.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 439 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is easier for a man to be thought fit for an employment that he has not, than for one he stands already possessed of, and is exercising.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 165 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The most effectual way to be deceived is to believe oneself more cunning than one's neighbors.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 128 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 89 (1678).
  • ''We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were 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. 408 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Our own distrust gives a fair pretence for the knavery 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. 87 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 365 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to find a woman who has had just one.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 73 (1678).
  • ''We sometimes think we dislike flattery, when we only dislike the manner of expressing 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. 329 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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