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 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.

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.

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