Duc de La Rochefoucauld

1613 - 1680

A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on character, goodness, indolence, and strength

No man deserves to be praised for his goodness unless he has strength of character to be wicked. All other goodness is generally nothing but indolence or impotence of will.

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 good, luck, and survival

It takes a better man to survive good luck than bad.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on faults and pleasure

If we had no faults ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in remarking them in others.

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 gratitude, hope, and secrets

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on future, gratitude, hope, humor, mankind, secrets, and wit

In most of mankind, gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favours. Note: A saying ascribed to Sir Robert Walpole by Hazlitt in his Wit and Humor: "The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours" is obviously derived from La Rochefoucauld.

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 extremism

Every great action is extreme.

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 envy

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The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being born without envy.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on ambition, generosity, interest, order, and security

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 83 (1678)

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on order, organize, and worth

Organize one's values in the order of their worth.

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 cleverness and evil

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

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