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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

What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.


We pardon to the extent that we love.


The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.


The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel than the severest treatment at the hands of one loved.


Only the contemptible fear contempt.


We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look little in one that is too big for us.


What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.


We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.


Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.


We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.


There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.


Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.


There is many a virtuous woman weary of her trade.


No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.


In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.


All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.


A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.


Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.


Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.


Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.


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