François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Quotes


Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk of ourselves at all.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
Old men are fond of giving advice to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad Examples.
Everyone complains of his memory, but no one complains of his judgement.
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?
Lovers never get tired of each other, because they are always talking about themselves.
There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault were on only one side.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we have left them.
No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.

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