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.


The intellect is always fooled by the heart.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It is as easy to deceive one's self without perceiving it, as it is difficult to deceive others without their finding out.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The most effectual way to be deceived is to believe oneself more cunning than one's neighbors.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Smallness of mind is the cause of stubbornness, and we do not credit readily what is beyond our view.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Interest blinds some people, and enlightens others.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The great interests of man: air and light, the joy of having a body, the voluptuousness of looking.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

All our qualities, whether good or bad, are unstable and ambiguous, and almost all are at the mery of chance.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The most effectual way to be deceived is to believe oneself more cunning than one's neighbors.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The truest comparison we can make of love is to liken it to a fever; we have no more power over the one than the other, either as to its violence or duration.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The greater part of mankind judge of men only by their fashionableness or their fortune.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Politeness of the mind is to have delicate thoughts.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld