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Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

(1613-1680), French Classical Writer

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

Category: Agreement

Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.

Category: Anticipation

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

Category: Appearance

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

Category: Appearance

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

Category: Argument

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

Category: Behavior

Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.

Category: Censure

There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world.

Category: Change

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

Category: Character

There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.

Category: Chastity

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

Category: Cleverness

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

Category: Cleverness

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

Category: Company

Usually we praise only to be praised.

Category: Compliments

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

Category: Confession