Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.

Francois 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

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The intention of never deceiving often exposes us to deception.

François de la Rochefoucauld

Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.

Francois 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

Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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