François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

François de La
Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
1613
1680

French Courtier, Moralist, Writer of Maxims and Memoirs

Author Quotes

When the heart is still agitated by the remains of a passion, we are more ready to receive a new one than when we are entirely cured.

Women who love pardon more readily great indiscretions than little infidelities.

When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.

Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.

We need not be much concerned about those faults which we have the courage to own.

We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.

Were we to take as much pains to be what we ought to be as we do to disguise what we really are, we might appear like ourselves without being at the trouble of any disguise at all.

What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.

We often believe we are constant under misfortunes when we are only dejected; and we suffer then without daring to look on them, like cowards who allow themselves to be killed through fear of defending themselves.

We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.

What causes such a miscalculation in the amount of gratitude which men expect for the favors they have done, is, that the pride of the giver and that of the receiver can never agree as to the value of the benefit.

Whatever difference may appear in the fortunes of mankind, there is, nevertheless, a certain compensation of good and evil which makes them equal.

We often console ourselves for being unhappy by a certain pleasure in appearing so.

We seldom find persons whom we acknowledge to be possessed of good sense, except those who agree with us in opinion.

What causes us to like new acquaintances is not so much weariness of our old ones, or the pleasure of change, as disgust at not being sufficiently admired by those who know us too well, and the hope of being admired more by those who do not know so much about us.

Whatever discoveries we may have made in the regions of self-love, there still remain many unknown lands.

We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible.

We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.

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

What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.

Whatever disgrace we may have deserved or incurred, it is almost always in our power to re-establish our character.

We have more than laziness in mind that in the body.

We often forgive those who bore us, but cannot forgive those we bore.

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

What is commonly called friendship is no more than a partnership; a reciprocal regard for one another's interests, and an exchange of good offices; in a word, a mere traffic, wherein self-love always proposes to be a gainer.

First Name
François de La
Last Name
Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt
Birth Date
1613
Death Date
1680
Bio

French Courtier, Moralist, Writer of Maxims and Memoirs