Francois de La Rochefoucauld

François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, le Prince de Marcillac (1613-09-15 – 1680-03-17) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs, as well as an example of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman.
Found 220 thoughts of Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.

François de la Rochefoucauld

We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The heart is forever making the head its fool.

François de la Rochefoucauld

There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.

François de la Rochefoucauld

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one that we take the least care of all to acquire.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Ah, Hope! What would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.

François de la Rochefoucauld

One forgives to the degree that one loves.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Absence weakens mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and kindles fires.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.

François de la Rochefoucauld

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.

François de la Rochefoucauld

We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The pleasure of love is in loving, and we derive more happiness from the passion that we experience than from the passion we arouse.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

François de la Rochefoucauld

In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.

François de la Rochefoucauld

To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.

François de la Rochefoucauld

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

François de la Rochefoucauld

The strongest sympton of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies.

François de la Rochefoucauld

It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.

François de la Rochefoucauld
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