Francois de La Rochefoucauld

French writer of moralistic maxims (1613-1680)

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We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.Rate it:
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.Rate it:
Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.Rate it:
Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.Rate it:
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.Rate it:
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.Rate it:
He who lives without folly is not so wise as he imagines.Rate it:
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.Rate it:
How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.Rate it:
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.Rate it:
If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.Rate it:
In jealousy there is more of self-love, than of love to another.Rate it:
It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability.Rate it:
It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.Rate it:
It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.Rate it:
Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty.Rate it:
Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.Rate it:
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.Rate it:
Nothing is less sincere than our mode of asking and giving advice. He who asks seems to have a deference for the opinion of his friend, while he only aims to get approval of his own and make his friend responsible for his action. And he who gives advice repays the confidence supposed to be placed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal, while he seldom means anything by his advice but his own interest or reputation.Rate it:
Old people like to give good advice, as solace for no longer being able to provide bad examples.Rate it:
Only the great can afford to have great defects.Rate it:
Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.Rate it:
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.Rate it:
Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady.Rate it:
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.Rate it:
Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them.Rate it:
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.Rate it:
The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.Rate it:
The defects of the understanding, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.Rate it:
The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.Rate it:
The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.Rate it:
The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.Rate it:
The pleasure of love is in loving.Rate it:
The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being born without envy.Rate it:
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.Rate it:
To be deceived by our enemies or betrayed by our friends in insupportable; yet by ourselves we are often content to be so treated.Rate it:
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.Rate it:
To establish oneself in the world, one has to do all one can to appear established.Rate it:
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.Rate it:
Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.Rate it:
We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.Rate it:
We always like those who admire us we do not always like those whom we admire.Rate it:
We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire.Rate it:
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.Rate it:
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.Rate it:
We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.Rate it:
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.Rate it:
We should manage our fortunes 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.Rate it:
We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood our motives.Rate it:
We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.Rate it:
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.Rate it:
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.Rate it:
When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.Rate it:
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.Rate it:
When we are unable to find tranquillity within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.Rate it:
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same personRate it:
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?Rate it:

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