Francois De La Rochefoucauld Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Francois De La Rochefoucauld quotes, Francois De La Rochefoucauld sayings, and Francois De La Rochefoucauld proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.

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Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.      

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Humility is often merely feigned submissiveness assumed in order to subject others, an artifice of pride which stoops to conquer, and although pride has a thousand ways of transforming itself it is never so well disguised and able to take people in as when masquerading as humility.     

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The love of justice is, in most men, nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice

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We should manage our fortune as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity

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What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own.     

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We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.

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We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.     

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

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Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.

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

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We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.

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We never listen when we are eager to speak.

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The evils we do to others give us less pain than those we do to ourselves.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Only the contemptible fear contempt.

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There is a kind of love, the excess of which forbids jealousy.

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When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The intellect is always fooled by the heart.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Sobriety is love of health, or inability to eat much.

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We are never so easily deceived as when we imagine we are deceiving others.

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Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.

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Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.

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Sometimes we lose friends for whose loss our regret is greater than our grief, and others for whom our grief is greater than our regret.

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There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.

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Selfishness is the grand moving principle of nine-tenths of our actions.

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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.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

As we grow older we grow both more foolish and wiser at the same time.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld