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Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

(1613-1680), French Classical Writer

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

Category: Ability

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.

Category: Ability

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

Category: Absence

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

Category: Action

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

Category: Admiration

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

Category: Advice

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

Category: Advice

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

Category: Advice

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.

Category: Advice

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

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Age And Aging

Few people know how to be old.

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Age And Aging

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.

Category: Agreement