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

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.

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

We are eager to believe that others are flawed because we are eager to believe in what we wish for.

We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.

We give nothing so freely as advice.

There are good marriages, but no delicious ones.

There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.

There is not less eloquence in the voice, the eye, the gesture, than in words.

Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.

Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true delicacy is solid refinement.

We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.

We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.

We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.

There are good marriages, but there are no delightful ones.

There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune. It is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set on ourselves. By this quality we usurp the deference of other men; and it puts us, in general, more above them than birth, dignity, or even merit itself.

There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.

Those whom the world has delighted to honor have oftener been influenced in their doings by ambition and vanity than by patriotism.

Tricks and treachery are merely proofs of lack of skill.

We are lazier in our minds than in our bodies.

We confess our faults, in order that our frankness may repair the damage they do us in the eyes of others.

We have all of us sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.

There are heroes in evil as well as in good.

There is a season for man's merit as well as for fruit.

There is only one kind of love, but it has a thousand guises.

Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.

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