Duc de La Rochefoucauld

1613 - 1680

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

Man is never less sincere than when he asks, or offers, advice. When he asks it, he seems to defer to the wisdom of his friend, but really he seeks approval of his own opinion, and to make his friend responsible with him for his actions. When he offers advice, he seems to repay the confidence of his inquirer with disinterested zeal, while really seeking to bolster his own advantage or reputation.

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 advice

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Nothing is given so willingly as advice.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on ability, art, good, merit, and reputation

The art of being able to make a good use of moderate abilities wins esteem, and often confers more reputation than greater real merit.

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 ability, age, genius, knowledge, and value

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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