Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.
Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.
All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.
Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of it.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to find a woman who has had just one.
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means.
It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.
Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name.
The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.