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Duke François de La Rochefoucauld
François La Rochefoucauld
Duke François de La Rochefoucauld.
BornSeptember 15, 1613
Paris, France
DiedMarch 17, 1680
Paris, France
French writer. Best known for Mémories (1664) and Maximes (1665-1678).

The repository contains 15 quotes from Duke François de La Rochefoucauld.


Everyone complains about his memory, but no one complains about his judgment.


Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.


Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.


Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.


When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.


Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.


It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them.


The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.


The man who thinks he can do without the world is indeed mistaken; but the man who thinks the world cannot do without him is mistaken even worse.


Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.

Doctors and HealthMoney

We should manage our fortunes as we do our health: enjoy it when it is good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.


We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them.

Growing Old

In growing old, one grows more foolish and more wise.


If you think you love your mistress for her own sake, you are quite mistaken.


Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.