francois de la rochefoucauld Quotes

When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.
tags: believe doubt
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: enemies sleep enemy war marriage
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
tags: understanding body mind
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: criticism people praise wisdom
— 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.
tags: desires time praise
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
tags: live greatness die achieve
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: patience
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
tags: men
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If one acts rightly and honestly, it is difficult to decide whether it is the effect of integrity or skill.
tags: integrity
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: true ghost
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
tags: perfection
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We often select envenomed praise which, by a reaction upon those we praise, shows faults we could not have shown by other means.
tags: praise
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Idleness and fear keeps us in the path of duty, but our virtue often gets the praise.
tags: fear virtue praise path
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
tags: wrong
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger....
tags: danger courage
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: ambition lying religious
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
tags: heart
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.
tags: peace
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
tags: women
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Taste may change, but inclination never.
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
tags: idiot
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
tags: fire passion
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: secret opinion
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: time
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: enemies friends self enemy
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Jealousy is not love, but self-love.
tags: jealousy
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We often act treacherously more from weakness than from a fixed motive.
tags: weakness
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
tags: fear hope
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is as easy to deceive one's self without perceiving it, as it is difficult to deceive others without their finding out.
tags: self
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
tags: heart mind
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
tags: world hate regret envy
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
francois de la rochefoucauld
Birth    : September 15, 1613
Death  : March 17, 1680
Occupation  : Author