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 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.

True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.

We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.

We confess our little faults to persuade ourselves we have no great ones.

We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.

There are many women who never have had one intrigue; but there are few who have had only one.

There is an eloquent silence which serves to approve or to condemn: there is a silence of discretion and of respect.

There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand different versions.

Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.

True eloquence consists in saying all that is proper, and nothing more.

We are more often treacherous, through weakness than through calculation.

We credit scarcely any persons with good sense except those who are of our opinion.

We have more indolence in the mind than in the body.

There are more defects in temperament than in the mind.

There is an eloquent silence, which serves sometimes to approve, sometimes to condemn.

There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.

Time's chariot-wheels make their carriage-road in the fairest face.

True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.

We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.

The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.

The excessive pleasure we feel in talking of ourselves, ought to make us apprehensive that we afford little to our hearers.

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