François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

French author

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
– François de La Rochefoucauld

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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.
– François de La Rochefoucauld

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No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
– François de La Rochefoucauld

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What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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The truest mark of being born with great qualities is being born without envy.
– François de La Rochefoucauld

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We never listen when we are eager to speak.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
– François de La Rochefoucauld

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We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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What makes the vanity of others insupportable is that it wounds our own.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
– François de La Rochefoucauld

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Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary by sense.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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The truest way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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