Quotes by Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Certainly we're not satisfied with just winning games. We've been playing some pretty good hockey, but we think we can play much better.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld