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 may say of agreeableness, as distinct from beauty, that it is a symmetry whose rules are unknown.     

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

The renown of great men should always be measured by the means which they have used to acquire it.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The desire to be thought clever often prevents a man from becoming so.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.      

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The most brilliant fortunes are often not worth the littleness required to gain them.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

There are fine things that are more brilliant when they are unfinished than when finished too much.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The appearances of goodness and merit often meet with a greater reward from the world than goodness and merit themselves.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Cunning and treachery proceed from want of capacity.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.     

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

There is great skill in knowing how to conceal one's skill.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

When the heart is still disturbed by the relics of a passion it is proner to take up a new one than when wholly cured.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

We should often blush at our noblest deeds if the world were to see all their underlying motives.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

A fashionable woman is always in love - with herself.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Self-love is more cunning than the most cunning man in the world.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld