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

There are people who, like new songs, are in vogue only for a time.

There is nearly as much ability requisite to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.

Those only are despicable who fear to be despised.

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

Virtues are lost in self-interest, as rivers are lost in the sea.

We are often vain of even the most criminal of our passions; but envy is so shameful a passion that we never dare to acknowledge it.

We easily forget our faults when they are known only to ourselves.

There are few people who are not ashamed of their amours when the fit is over.

There are some faults which, when well-managed, make a greater figure than virtue itself.

There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it; nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage.

Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.

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

We acknowledge that we should not talk of our wives; but we seem not to know that we should talk still less of ourselves.

We are oftener treacherous through weakness than through calculation.

We find means to cure folly, but none to reclaim a distorted mind.

There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.

There are some people who would never have fallen in love if they had not heard there was such a thing.

There is no amount of praise which is not heaped on prudence; yet there is not the most insignificant event of which it can make us sure.

Those who are overreached by our cunning are far from appearing to us as ridiculous as we appear to ourselves when the cunning of others has overreached us.

To establish yourself in the world a person must do all they can to appear already established.

We always get bored with those whom we bore.

We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.

We forget our faults easily when they are known to ourselves alone.

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

There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of.

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