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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

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.


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.


As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.


Conceit causes more conversation than wit.


On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.


Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.


Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.


The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.


Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.


We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.


The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again.


Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.


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.


We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.


There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.


Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.


The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.


We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.


We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.


A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.


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