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

  • Friends

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

  • Love

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

  • Shame

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

  • criticism



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

  • Motivational

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

  • Motivational

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

  • Innocence

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

  • Triviality

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

  • Luck

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

  • Manners

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

  • Ego

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

  • Failure

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

  • Intelligence

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

  • Greatness

Hope and fear are inseparable.

  • Hope

Weak people cannot be sincere.

  • Sincerity

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

  • Love

The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it.

  • Humility

Some beautiful things are more impressive when left imperfect than when too highly finished.

  • Beauty

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

  • Identity

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

  • Imitation

To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.

  • Ability

The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.

  • DeceptionLying

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

  • Mind

We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.

  • Strength

People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.

  • complain

We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.

  • Advice

We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.

  • Bravery

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

  • Confidence

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye

  • Death


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Francois de la Rochefoucauld quotes about love

What are the best love quotations by Francois de la Rochefoucauld?

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

  • Love

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

  • Love

The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.

  • Love

Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.

  • again

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.

  • Love

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.

  • contributes

We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.

  • Love

It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.

  • Love

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

  • love

There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.

  • Love

We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.

  • Love

What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.

  • Love

Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.

  • being

If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.

  • bottom

When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.

  • believe

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

  • advice

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.

  • commit

The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.

  • lovers

There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.

  • ashamed

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

  • admire

In love we often doubt what we most believe.

  • believe

Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.

  • ambition

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Francois de la Rochefoucauld quotes about people

What are the best people quotations by Francois de la Rochefoucauld?

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

  • criticism

People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.

  • complain

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

  • People

Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.

  • things

A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.

  • People

Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.

  • blood

The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.

  • calm

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.

  • fortunes

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

  • advice

There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.

  • bad

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.

  • confess

There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.

  • ashamed

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Francois de la Rochefoucauld quotes about jealousy

What are the best jealousy quotations by Francois de la Rochefoucauld?

Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.

  • Envy

In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.

  • Envy

What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.

  • assistance

It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.

  • Envy

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

  • Envy

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

  • Envy

Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

  • Envy

Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.

  • Envy

Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.

  • Envy

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

  • becomes

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Francois de la Rochefoucauld quotes about envy

What are the best envy quotations by Francois de la Rochefoucauld?

Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.

  • Envy

In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.

  • Envy

It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.

  • Envy

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

  • Envy

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

  • Envy

Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

  • Envy

Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.

  • Envy

Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.

  • Envy

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Francois de la Rochefoucauld quotes about friends

What are the best friends quotations by Francois de la Rochefoucauld?

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

  • Friends

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

  • Friends

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

  • Friends

We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.

  • affect

Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.

  • concern

What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.

  • Friends

In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.

  • Friends

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

  • friendship

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There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.

  • Evil

It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.

  • Growth

The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.

  • Love

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

  • Advice



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

  • Company

Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.

  • Envy

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

  • Flattery

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

  • Happiness

The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.

  • Intelligence

Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.

  • Moderation

When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.

  • imagine

Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.

  • again

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

  • Absence

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

  • Admiration

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

  • Argument

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

  • Character

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

  • Friends

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

  • Friends

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

  • Grace

Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.

  • Listening

If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.

  • Mistakes

Usually we praise only to be praised.

  • Praise

There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be so.

  • Right

What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own.

  • Vanity

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.

  • Wisdom

It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.

  • Wisdom

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.

  • Advice

We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.

  • Advice

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

  • Age

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

  • Bravery

Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.

  • Enemy

In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.

  • Envy

We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.

  • Happiness

We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.

  • Honesty

Fortune and humor govern the world.

  • Humor

The intellect is always fooled by the heart.

  • Intelligence

What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.

  • Loss

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.

  • Love

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

  • Peace

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

  • People

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

  • Surprise

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.

  • Virtue

Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.

  • things

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.

  • contributes

What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.

  • assistance

We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.

  • little

We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.

  • Agreement

To establish yourself in the world a person must do all they can to appear already established.

  • Appearance

It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.

  • Envy

The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it.

  • Fame

Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

  • Gratitude

When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.

  • Hate

It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.

  • Intelligence

Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.

  • Judging

We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.

  • Love

It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.

  • Love

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

  • Passion

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

  • Passion

Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.

  • Satire

Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.

  • Selfishness

The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.

  • Shame

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

  • Travel

We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.

  • affect

They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.

  • apply

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?

  • enough

Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.

  • Actions

Few people know how to be old.

  • Age

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

  • Anger

True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.

  • Conversation

We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.

  • Desires

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

  • Diets

We pardon to the extent that we love.

  • Forgiveness

In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope for greater favours.

  • Gratitude

There are heroes in evil as well as in good.

  • HeroesHeroism

The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.

  • Imitation

If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!

  • Leadership

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.

  • Praise

If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.

  • Speeches

We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.

  • different

What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.

  • abandoning

Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.

  • dishonor

How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?

  • happens

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

  • love

One forgives to the degree that one loves.

  • forgiveness

However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.

  • Actions

The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.

  • Advice

Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.

  • Age

Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.

  • Appearance

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.

  • Conversation

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

  • Conversation

There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.

  • Desires

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.

  • Enemy

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

  • Envy

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

  • Envy

Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

  • Envy

Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.

  • Envy

We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.

  • Evil

Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.

  • Example

It is for want of application, rather than of means that people fail,

  • Failure

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.

  • Fashion

We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.

  • Gratitude

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

  • Hypocrisy

There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.

  • Love

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

  • Manners

It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.

  • Men

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

  • Men

Only the great can afford to have great defects.

  • Mistakes

We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.

  • Opinion

All the passions are nothing else than different degrees of heat and cold of the blood.

  • Passion

The passions are the only orators which always persuade.

  • Passion

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

  • Personality

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

  • Pride

How can we expect somebody else to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves?

  • Secrets

Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.

  • Style

The common foible of women who have been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so.

  • Women

Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.

  • Work

Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.

  • concern

One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.

  • courage

Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.

  • Age

Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.

  • Age

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Who is Francois de la Rochefoucauld? Francois de la Rochefoucauld biography. François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. His is a clear-eyed, worldly view of human conduct that indulges in neither condemnation nor sentimentality. Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champs, at a time when the royal court was oscillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.

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