Francois de la Rochefoucauld Quotes

When we exaggerate our friends tenderness towards us, it is often less from gratitude than from a desire to exhibit our own virtue.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is great cleverness to know when to conceal ones cleverness.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Too great cleverness is but deceptive delicacy, true delicacy is the most substantial cleverness.

Francois 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

Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

Francois 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

If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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