Quotes by Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Only the contemptible fear contempt.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We pardon to the extent that we love.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Usually we praise only to be praised.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Taste may change, but inclination never.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We always get bored with those whom we bore.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In love we often doubt what we most believe.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
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Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The heart is forever making the head its fool.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There is many a virtuous woman weary of her trade.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld