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

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, and even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ingrates.

Envy is destroyed by true friendship, as coquetry by true love.

Each particle of matter is an immensity, each leaf a world, each insect an inexplicable compendium.

Constancy in love is a perpetual inconstancy, which makes the heart attach itself successively to all the qualities of the person we love, giving preference now to one and presently to another.

Decency is the least of all laws, yet the law which is most strictly observed.

Confidence always pleases those who receive it. It is a tribute we pay to their merit, a deposit we commit to their trust, a ledge that gives them to claim upon us, a kind of dependence to which we voluntarily submit.

Bodily labor alleviates the pain of the mind.

Commonplace minds usually condemn what is beyond the reach of their understanding.

Before we passionately desire anything which another enjoys, we should examine into the happiness of its possessor.

Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives.

As we grow old we become more foolish and more wise.

An extraordinary haste to discharge an obligation, is sort of ingratitude.

As it is the mark of great minds to say many things in a few words, so it is that of little minds to use many words to say nothing.

Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of great design as of chance.

Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to hide them.

Almost everyone takes pleasure in returning small obligations; many are grateful for moderate ones; but there is scarcely anyone who has anything but ingratitude for great ones.

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

Age loves to give good precepts to console itself for being no longer able to give bad examples.

A man who finds no satisfaction I himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.

A right mind finds it easier to yield to perversity than to guide it.

A lofty mind always thinks nobly, it easily creates vivid, agreeable, and natural fancies, places them in their best lights, clothes them with all appropriate adornments, studies others’ tastes, and clears away from its own thoughts all that is useless and disagreeable.

A clear stream reflects all the objects on its shore, but is unsullied by them; so it should be with our hearts; they should show the effect of all earthly objects, but remain unstained by any... All worldly things are so much without us, and so subject to variety and uncertainty, that they do not make us when they come, nor mend us while they stay, nor undo us when they are taken away.

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