Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Men too involved in details usually become unable to deal with great matters.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We always like those who admire us.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If we had no faults, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing them in others.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favours.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The love of justice in most men is nothing more than fear of suffering injustice.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to set a bad example.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of consequences.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What makes other people's vanity intolerable is that it wounds our own.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man's happiness or unhappiness depends as much on his temperament as on his destiny.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld