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

One forgives to the degree that one loves.


We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.


There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.


It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.


Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.


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.


We always get bored with those whom we bore.


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


The mind is always the patsy of the heart.


Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.


The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.


There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.


We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.


Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.


The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.


Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?


If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.


To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.


Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.


The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody has sought after them.


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