Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.
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.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody has sought after them.
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
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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