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.


We are so accustomed to masquerade ourselves before others that we end by deceiving ourselves.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

There are crimes which become innocent, and even glorious, through their splendor, number, and excess: Hence it is, that public theft is called Address, and to seize on Provinces unjustly, to make Conquests.     

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 an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.     

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

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

A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.     

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

High titles debase, instead of elevate, those who know not how to support them.     

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

Those who have the most cunning affect all their lives to condemn cunning; that they may make use of it on some great occasion, and to some great end.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Politeness of the mind is to have delicate thoughts.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld