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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

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


Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.


The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.


If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.


We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.


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


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.


We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.


The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.


It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures.


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.


One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.


We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.


Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.


Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.


Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.


A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.


What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.


Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.


We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.


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