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Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

(1613-1680), French Classical Writer

We forget our faults easily when they are known to ourselves alone.

Category: Faults

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.

Category: Firmness

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

Category: Flattery

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

Category: Flirting

He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

We pardon to the extent that we love.

Category: Forgiveness

There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.

Category: Fortune

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Friends And Friendship

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.

Category: Funerals

What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.

Category: Generosity

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

Category: Generosity