Quotations by Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Born: Sunday, September 15, 1613
Died: Sunday, March 17, 1680 (66 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: French


A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Men, Gratitude, Desire, Nothing)

A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Man)

A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Man, Worth)

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Desire, Praise)

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Friend, Blessings, Care)

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Battle, Man)

A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Work, End, First, State)

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Absence, Fans, Wind)

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Love, Faults)

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Talent, Nothing, Saying, Talking, Words)

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Nothing, Saying, Words)

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Being, Man, Security, Wit)

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Causes, Conceit, Conversation, Wit)

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Confidence, Conversation, Wit)

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Decency, Law, Laws)

Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Heart, Mind)

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Judgment, Memory)

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Wisdom, People, Criticism, Praise)

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Men, Succeed, Want)

Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Money, Flattery, Vanity)

Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Fortune)

Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Honor, Living, Vanity)

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Advice, Example, Man, Old)

Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Body, Mind, Understanding)

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Gratitude, Hope, Favors)

Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by chance but he who knows it and can judge it and has a true taste for it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Chance, Man, Reason, Taste)

He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Folly)

Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Change, People, Habit, Blood, Old)

Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Hope, End)

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Wisdom, Action, Effect, Intention)

However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Truth, Distrust, Sincerity)

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, May)

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Virtue, Hypocrisy, Vice)

I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Admiration)

If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Company, Fools, Loss, Man, Witty)

If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Love, Heart, Lies)

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, Consequences, Hatred)

If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Flattery, Harm)

If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Faults, Pleasure)

If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Love, Affection, Hatred)

If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Strength, Weakness)

In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: May, Wishes, World)

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Friendship, Happiness, Love, Knowledge, Ignorance)

In love we often doubt what we most believe.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Love, Doubt)

In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Gratitude, Hope, Favors, Mankind)



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