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François de la Rochefoucauld

François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, le Prince de Marcillac (1613-09-15 – 1680-03-17) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs, as well as an example of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman.
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One forgives to the degree that one loves.

François de la Rochefoucauld

We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

François de la Rochefoucauld

To establish oneself in the world, one has to do all one can to appear established.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

When we are unable to find tranquillity within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The man whom no one pleases is much more unhappy than the man who pleases no one.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The sort of liveliness which increases with age is not far distant from madness.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

The passions often engender their contraries.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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.

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

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The passions are the only orators that always persuade.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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?

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood our motives.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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