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.


It is easier to understand mankind in general than any individual man.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

When love becomes labored we welcome an act of infidelity towards ourselves to free us from fidelity.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The violence done us by others is often less painful than that which we do to ourselves

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The most deceitful persons spend their lives in blaming deceit, so as to use it on some great occasion to promote some great interest.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It Is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one’s being clever.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

A resolution never to deceive exposes a man to be often deceived.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Reconciliation with our enemies is simply a desire to better our condition, a weariness of war, or the fear of some unlucky thing from occurring.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It is with sincere affection or friendship as with ghosts and apparitions,--a thing that everybody talks of, and scarce any hath seen.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld






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