François de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

We should manage our fortune as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.

François de La Rochefoucauld

In love deceit almost always goes further than mistrust.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Vices enter into the composition of virtues as poison into that of medicines. Prudence collects and blends the two and renders them useful against the ills of life.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The charm of novelty and old custom, however opposite to each other, equally blind us to the faults of our friends.

François de la Rochefoucauld

We often credit ourselves with vices the reverse of what we have, thus when weak we boast of our obstinacy.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Passions often produce their contraries: avarice sometimes leads to prodigality, and prodigality to avarice; we are often obstinate through weakness and daring though timidity.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Most young people think they are natural when they are only boorish and rude.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The intention of never deceiving often exposes us to deception.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Our distrust of another justifies his deceit.

François de la Rochefoucauld

The passions possess a certain injustice and self interest which makes it dangerous to follow them, and in reality we should distrust them even when they appear most trustworthy.

François de la Rochefoucauld

There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.

François de la Rochefoucauld

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

François de la Rochefoucauld

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