François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''The passions of youth are not more dangerous to health than is the lukewarmness of old age.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 341 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''A man is sometimes better off deceived about the one he loves, than undeceived.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 394 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 265 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The pleasure of love is in loving; and we are happier by the passion we feel than by that we inspire.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 259 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are some faults which, when dexterously managed, make a brighter show than virtue itself.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 354 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures—they are safe only because nobody has sought after 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. 367 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is hard to love those we do not truly esteem; but it is no less so to love those we esteem a great deal more than 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. 296 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''Hope, deceitful though it be, is at least of this good use to us—that while we are traveling through this life, it conducts us by an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 169 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are some people upon whom their very faults and failings sit gracefully; and there are others whose very excellencies and accomplishments do not become 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. 252 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A man often thinks he rules himself, when all the while he is ruled and managed; and while his understanding directs one design, his affections imperceptibly draw him into another.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 44 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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