Top 32 François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.


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


True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.


Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily.


It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.


We are often more treacherous through weakness than calculation


We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.


There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand different versions.


We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.


How rare true love maybe, it is less so than true friendship.


Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever.


In all aspects of life, we take on a part and an appearance to seem to be what we wish to be–and thus the world is merely composed of actors.


One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.


Passion often makes fools of the wisest men and gives the silliest wisdom.


Those who most obstinately oppose the most widely-held opinions more often do so because of pride than lack of intelligence. They find the best places in the right set already taken, and they do not want back seats.


Almost always we are bored by people to whom we ourselves are boring.


It is easier to understand mankind in general than any individual man.


True love is like ghosts which many believe in, but few have seen.


Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.


There are few things we should keenly desire if we really knew what we wanted.


It is much easier to extinguish a first desire than to satisfy all of those that follow it.


He who lives without folly is not as wise as he may think.


To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.


It is with true love as with ghosts. Every one talks of it but few have seen it.


Nobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad, for any other goodness is usually merely inertia or lack of will-power


Nobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad.


We are much harder on people who betray us in small ways than on people who betray others in great ones.


If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.


Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.


The truest way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.


There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.


We are almost always bored by just those whom we must not find boring.



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