Duc de La Rochefoucauld

1613 - 1680

A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on cleverness

The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.

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

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on contentment

When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

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 courage and world

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on courage and world

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would do with the world looking on

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on bravery and world

True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on action, advice, approval, confidence, friendship, giving, interest, reputation, responsibility, sincerity, and zeal

Nothing is less sincere than our mode of asking and giving advice. He who asks seems to have a deference for the opinion of his friend, while he only aims to get approval of his own and make his friend responsible for his action. And he who gives advice repays the confidence supposed to be placed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal, while he seldom means anything by his advice but his own interest or reputation.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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