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47 Famous Quotes by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
9/8/1765 - 9/3/1848
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In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. [Fr., Dans l'adversite de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose ne nous deplaist pas.]

Adversity Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxim (99)

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Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

Courage Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Premier Supplement (42)

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Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner.

Flattery Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (103)

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It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects. [Fr., Il n'appartient qu'aux grands hommes d'avoir de grands defauts.]

Greatness Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes

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The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.

Oratory Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 9)

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Adversity Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxim (99)

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We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger. [Fr., On ne peut repondre de son courage quand on n'a jamais ete dans le peril.]

Courage Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Premier Supplement (42)

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Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.

Language Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (342)

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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue. [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend a la vertu.]

Hypocrisy Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (218)

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In jealousy there is more self-love than love.

Jealousy Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 334)

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It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills. [Fr., Il est plus facile de paraitre digne des emplois qu'on n'a pas que de ceux que l'on exerce.]

Worth Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (164)

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One may outwit another, but not all the others. [Fr., On peut etre plus fin qu'un autre, mais non pas plus fin que tous les autres.]

Deceit Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxim (394)

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How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves.

Secrecy Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 90)

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We sometimes see a fool possessed of talent, but never of judgment. [Fr., On est quelquefois un sot avec de l'esprit; mais on ne l'est jamais avec du jugement.]

Judgment Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (456)

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Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true delicacy is solid refinement.

Comparisons Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 131)

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We say little if not egged on by vanity. [Fr., On parle peu quand la vanite ne fait pas parler.]

Vanity Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (137)

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That which makes the vanity of others unbearable to us is that which wounds our own. [Fr., Ce qui nous rend la vanite des autres insupportable, c'est qu'elle blesse la notre.]

Vanity Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (389)

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Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their heads, were like the little images that they place in the very bowing of the vaults of churches, that look as if they held up the church, but are but puppets.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (218)

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We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.

Opinion Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (347)

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There are heroes in evil as well as in good.

Heroes Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 194)

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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.

Praise Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 152)

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That is fine, and I would have praised you more had you praised me less. [Fr., Cela est beau, et je vous louerais davantage si vous m'aviez loue moins.]

Praise Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 152)

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True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world!

Bravery Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (216)

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Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.

Satire Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maxims (no. 508)

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We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done. [Fr., On croit quelquefoir hair la flatterie; maid on ne hait que a maniere de flatter.]

Flattery Quotes, by Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld , Source: Maximes (329)

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