François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 370 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 161 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 26 (1678).
  • ''The greatest part of our faults are more excusable than the methods that are commonly taken to conceal 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. 410 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is as commendable to think well of oneself when alone, as it is ridiculous to speak well of oneself among 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. 307 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''However different men's fortunes may be, there is always something or other that balances the ill and the good, and makes all even at last.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 53 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Hypocrisy is an homage that vice renders to virtue.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 218 (1678).
  • ''Some people are so extremely whiffling and inconsiderable that they are as far from any real faults as from substantial virtues.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 501 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is as easy to deceive oneself and not be aware of it, as it is hard to deceive others without their being aware 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. 116 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The most ingenious men continually pretend to condemn tricking—but this is often done that they may use it more conveniently themselves, when some great occasion or interest offers itself to 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. 125 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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