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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

Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.


When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.


We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.


A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.


The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.


In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.


Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.


We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.


Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.


When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.


In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.


We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.


The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.


Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.


The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.


To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.


The intellect is always fooled by the heart.


Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

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It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not.


What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.


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