Duc de La Rochefoucauld

1613 - 1680

A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on deception

It is easier to deceive yourself, and to do so unperceived, than to deceive another.

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 and motives

However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.

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 people

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We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.

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 failure, men, and success

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on evil, future, past, philosophy, and present

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on giving, goodness, praise, and virtue

Often we exaggerate the goodness of others more for our own virtue in giving praise than for the virtues that we praise: thus we invite commendation by seeming to dispense 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 correction, criticism, faults, friendship, pride, and virtue

Our pride rather than our virtue criticizes the faults of others: We reprove our friends less to correct their faults than to show that we-ourselves are free of them.

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 pride, vanity, and wishes

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on acceptance, ideas, ignorance, and pride

Pride more often than ignorance makes us refuse to accept new ideas: finding the first places taken in the intellectual parade, we refuse to take the last.

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 fear, hope, and promises

We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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