FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD QUOTES

French author (1613-1680)

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

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxims

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Humility is often merely feigned submissiveness assumed in order to subject others, an artifice of pride which stoops to conquer, and although pride has a thousand ways of transforming itself it is never so well disguised and able to take people in as when masquerading as humility.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Sentences et Maximes Morales

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If we had no faults ourselves, we should not take such pleasure in observing those of others.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims

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No people are more often wrong than those who will not allow themselves to be wrong.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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Our minds are as much given to laziness as our bodies.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims and Reflections

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True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, attributed, Love: Quotes and Passages from the Heart

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Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others.

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In all aspects of life, we take on a part and an appearance to seem to be what we wish to be--and thus the world is merely composed of actors.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; Or, Sentences and Moral Maxims

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We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxims

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Ability wins us the esteem of the true men; luck that of the people.

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The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy.

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The love of justice is, in most men, nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Sentences et Maximes Morales

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It is our own vanity that makes the vanity of others intolerable to us.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxims

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We rarely find any persons of good sense except those who agree with us.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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It is pointless for a woman to be young unless pretty, or to be pretty unless young.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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We bear, all of us, the misfortunes of other people with heroic constancy.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims

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Only great men have great faults.

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Our virtues are usually just vices in disguise.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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We easily forget crimes that are known to none but ourselves.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims

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If vanity does not overthrow all virtues, at least she makes them totter.

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