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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

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?


Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.


Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.


We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.


Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.


We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.


Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.


Usually we praise only to be praised.


Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.


The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.


The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second.


Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.


It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.


It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.


Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.


Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.


No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.


Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.


Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.


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.


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