Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.
We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.
It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not.
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again.
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity.
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.
We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.