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Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

(1613-1680), French Classical Writer

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

Category: Egotism

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

Category: Eloquence

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

Category: Enemies

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

Category: Enemies

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

Category: Envy

It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.

Category: Envy

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

Category: Envy

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

Category: Evil

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

Category: 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.

Category: Example

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

Category: Failure

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

Category: Failure

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

Category: Fame

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

Category: Faults

Only the great can afford to have great defects.

Category: Faults