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 is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.

Those who bestow too much application on trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.

To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.

We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire.

We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.

We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.

There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.

There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.

There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.

Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.

To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.

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

We arrive at the various stages of life quite as novices.

We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.

There are few women whose charm survives their beauty.

There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means.

There is no praise we have not lavished upon prudence; and yet she cannot assure to us the most trifling event.

Those who have had great passions often find all their lives made miserable in being cured of them.

To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.

We are almost always wearied in the company of persons with whom we are not permitted to be weary.

We can be more clever than one, but not more clever than all.

We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.

There are follies as catching as contagious disorders.

There are very few women in society whose virtue outlasts their beauty.

There is no use being young without being beautiful, and no use being beautiful without being young.

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