Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

— Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

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However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.

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The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.

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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.

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

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A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern.

Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.

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

62

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.

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No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.

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Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so.

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Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.

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About Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Quotes 1155 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Writer
Birthday 15 September 1613

There are no accidents so unlucky from which clever people are not able to reap some advantage, and none so lucky that the foolish are not able to turn them to their own disadvantage.

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It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness.

Those who appear gentle are, in general, only a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.

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The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.

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Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.

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If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.

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Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.

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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

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To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.

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Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.

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Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

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We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.

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There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.

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We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.

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People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.

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Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.

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Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.

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

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We pardon to the extent that we love.

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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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Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.

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Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.

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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.

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We would rather speak badly of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.

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

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Sometimes accidents happen in life from which we have need of a little madness to extricate ourselves successfully

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We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.

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The only thing constant in life is change

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Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.

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Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.

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It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

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Weak people cannot be sincere.

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Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

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To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.

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The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

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Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.

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Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.

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