François De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

François De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily.

In all aspects of life, we take on a part and an appearance to seem to be what we wish to be-and thus the world is merely composed of actors.

One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.

True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

We are often more treacherous through weakness than calculation

There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand different versions.

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

Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever.

Almost always we are bored by people to whom we ourselves are boring.

How rare true love maybe, it is less so than true friendship.

Passion often makes fools of the wisest men and gives the silliest wisdom.

Those who most obstinately oppose the most widely-held opinions more often do so because of pride than lack of intelligence. They find the best places in the right set already taken, and they do not want back seats.

A weakling is incapable of sincerity.

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