Inspiring Quotes by Francois de La Rochefoucauld - Page 2

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Small: Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself
"Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself"
Small: Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone
"Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone"
Small: However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth t
"However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else"
Small: Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route
"Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route"
Small: What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange
"What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love"
Small: We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire
"We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire"
Small: The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second
"The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second"
Small: Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay
"Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay"
Small: It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated and we are very loath to believe what we
"It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend"
Small: Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue
"Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue"
Small: However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship
"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship"
Small: The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve
"The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve"
Small: Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can and when once you take hope and fear away, y
"Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being"
Small: Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty
"Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty"
Small: The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest
"The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest"
Small: It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal ones being clever
"It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever"
Small: Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them
"Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them"
Small: Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example
"Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example"
Small: Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead
"Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead"
Small: Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites
"Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites"
Small: Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency
"Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency"
Small: Few things are impracticable in themselves and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men f
"Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed"
Small: In love we often doubt what we most believe
"In love we often doubt what we most believe"
Small: In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge
"In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge"
Small: In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he i
"In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances"
Small: If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength
"If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength"
Small: If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection
"If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection"
Small: If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources
"If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources"
Small: If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others
"If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others"
Small: If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us
"If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us"
Small: If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship
"If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship"
Small: If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the
"If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves"
Small: He who lives without folly isnt so wise as he thinks
"He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks"
Small: He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by chance but he who knows it and can judge it
"He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by chance but he who knows it and can judge it and has a true taste for it"
Small: Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greate
"Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs"
Small: Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors"
Small: Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love
"Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love"
Small: We pardon to the extent that we love
"We pardon to the extent that we love"
Small: We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others
"We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others"
Small: There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not
"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not"
Small: If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss
"If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss"
Small: It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for ones self
"It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self"
Small: It is with true love as it is with ghosts everyone talks about it, but few have seen it
"It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it"
Small: It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures
"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures"
Small: It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit
"It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit"
Small: It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to
"It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not"
Small: It is not enough to have great qualities We should also have the management of them
"It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them"
Small: There are very few things impossible in themselves and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as
"There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means"
Small: There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other
"There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other"
Small: There are various sorts of curiosity one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be use
"There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of"