François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''The only thing that should astonish us is that anything can yet astonish 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. 383 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''There are good marriages, but no delightful ones.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 114 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 273 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is easier to know mankind in general, than any one man in particular.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 436 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are heroes of wickedness, as there are of goodness.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 186 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 298 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is easier to rule others than to keep from being ruled oneself.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 152 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are people who would never have been in love, had they never heard love spoken of.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 136 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A man is ridiculous less through the characteristics he has than through those he affects to have.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 135 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Some good qualities are like the senses: Those who are entirely deprived of them can have no notion of 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. 337 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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