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Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld
September 15, 1613 - March 17, 1680
Nationality: French
Category: Writer
Subcategory: French Writer

One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.


We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.


Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.


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.


Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.


If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.


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.


Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.


We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be.


In love we often doubt what we most believe.


It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them.


It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.


It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.


People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.


It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.


We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.


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.


There are heroes in evil as well as in good.


The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.


When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.


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