Duc de La Rochefoucauld

1613 - 1680

A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on superiority, seeking, and interiority

What the superior man seeks is in himself: what the small man seeks is in others.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on courage

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Courage is doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on action, chance, design, and men

Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of great design as of chance.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on happiness

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on existence and love

There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on evil, good, and order

We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on silence

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There is an eloquent silence: it serves sometimes to approve, sometimes to condemn; there is a mocking silence; there is a respectful silence.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on agreement and common sense

We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on conversation, men, mind, pleasure, and reason

The reason so few men can carry on a sensible and agreeable conversation is that there is hardly one but thinks more of what he himself intends to say than of what is being said to him by others. Sometimes even the cleverest and politest man only feigns attention, while we can see by his eyes that his mind has gone back to polish up his own remarks. He does not consider that the worst way to win over others is to talk for his own pleasure, and that the best conversationalist is he who listens with care and answers to the point.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on conceit, conversation, and wit

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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