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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

Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of it.


Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of.


Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.


There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.


We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do.


The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired.


There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.


We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.


The passions are the only orators which always persuade.


The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.


We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.


Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.

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Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.


When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.


Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.


He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.


Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.


We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.


The mind cannot long play the heart's role.


Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.


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