François de La Rochefoucauld

[Prince de Marcillac] (1613_1680 / Paris)

François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

  • ''The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 245 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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  • ''There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 244 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A man seldom finds people unthankful, as long as he remains in a condition of benefiting them further.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 306 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is more shameful for a man to distrust his friends than to be deceived by 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. 85 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The reason we do not let our friends see the very bottom of our hearts is not so much distrust of them as distrust of 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. 315 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There are wicked men who would be much less dangerous if they had not some 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. 285 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''It is much easier to be wise for others than for 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. 133 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''The reason why lovers are never bored together is that they are always talking of themselves.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 312 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''There is many a virtuous woman weary of her trade.''
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 366 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • ''A man's wits are better employed in bearing up under the misfortunes that lie upon him at present than in foreseeing those that may come upon him 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. 175 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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