Inspirational Quotes from Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.

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However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

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Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.

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Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

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Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.

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People’s personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.

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Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.

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Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.

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One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.

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One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.

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It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one’s being clever.

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Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.

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As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.

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Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.

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There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.

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Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.

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The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

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That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least urging of self-interest.

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There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.

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When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.

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One forgives to the degree that one loves.

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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

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We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.

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The accent of one’s birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one’s speech.

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The intellect is always fooled by the heart.

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The sure way to be cheated is to think one’s self more cunning than others.

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

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We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.

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Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.

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The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

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It’s the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.

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There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.

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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.

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Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of the consequences.

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We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.

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There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.

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Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.

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We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.

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We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.

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To know how to hide one’s ability is great skill.

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Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.

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If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.

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Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

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Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

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The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again.

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Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.

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Some people displease with merit, and others’ very faults and defects are pleasing.

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People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.

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Most people know no other way of judging men’s worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.

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We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.

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What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.

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