Quotes of Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what he would be capable of with the world looking on. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ We should manage our fortunes as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ 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? ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ A great many men’s gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“ A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring. ”

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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