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    francois de la rochefoucauld Quotes

    When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: believe  doubt 
     
    The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: enemies  sleep  enemy  war  marriage 
     
    Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: understanding  body  mind 
     
    When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
    — 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
    The most subtle of our acts is to simulate blindness for snares that we know are set for us.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: desires  time  praise 
     
    To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: live  greatness  die  achieve 
     
    We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    One kind of flirtation is to boast we never flirt.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    The only thing constant in life is change
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: patience 
     
    There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: men 
     
    If one acts rightly and honestly, it is difficult to decide whether it is the effect of integrity or skill.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: integrity 
     
    To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: true  ghost 
     
    To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: perfection 
     
    We often select envenomed praise which, by a reaction upon those we praise, shows faults we could not have shown by other means.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: praise 
     
    Idleness and fear keeps us in the path of duty, but our virtue often gets the praise.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: fear  virtue  praise  path 
     
    No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: wrong 
     
    We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger....
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: danger  courage 
     
    The aversion to lying is often a hidden ambition to render our words credible and weighty, and to attach a religious aspect to our conversation.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: heart 
     
    If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: peace 
     
    All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: women 
     
    Taste may change, but inclination never.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: idiot 
     
    Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: fire  passion 
     
    We sometimes differ more widely from ourselves than we do from others.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    The secret of pleasing in conversation is not to explain too much everything; to say them half and leave a little for divination is a mark of the good opinion we have of others, and nothing flatters their self-love more.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: secret  opinion 
     
    The caprice of our temper is even more whimsical than that of Fortune.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least we miss the greatest.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: time 
     
    We are inconsolable at being deceived by our enemies and being betrayed by our friends, yet we are often content in be being treated like that by our own selves.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: enemies  friends  self  enemy 
     
    Jealousy is not love, but self-love.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: jealousy 
     
    We often act treacherously more from weakness than from a fixed motive.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: weakness 
     
    We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: fear  hope 
     
    It is as easy to deceive one's self without perceiving it, as it is difficult to deceive others without their finding out.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: self 
     
    Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: heart  mind 
     
    The hate of favourites is only a love of favour. The envy of NOT possessing it, consoles and softens its regrets by the contempt it evinces for those who possess it, and we refuse them our homage, not being able to detract from them what attracts that of the rest of the world.
    — Francois de La Rochefoucauld
    tags: world  hate  regret  envy 
     
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    francois de la rochefoucauld
    Birth    : September 15, 1613
    Death  : March 17, 1680
    Occupation  : Author