François de La Rochefoucauld may refer to:
However evil men may be they dare not be openly hostile to virtue, and so when they want to attack it they pretend to find it spurious , or impute crimes to it.
Our merit gains us the esteem of the virtuous-our star that of the public.
In their early passions women are in love with the lover, later they are in love with love.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
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.
Some weak people are so sensible of their weakness as to be able to make a good use of it.
Great and glorious events which dazzle the beholder are represented by politicians as the outcome of grand designs whereas they are usually products of temperaments and passions.
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.
Avarice misapprehends itself almost always. There is no passion which more often will miss its aim, nor upon which the present has so much influence to the prejudice of the future.
The pleasure of love is in the loving; and there is more joy in the passion one feels than in that which one inspires.
There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world.
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
Customary use of artifice is the sign of a small mind, and it almost always happens that he who uses it to cover one spot uncovers himself in another.
Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.
Indolence, languid as it is, often masters both passions and virtues.
There are certain defects which, well-mounted, glitter like virtue itself.
Old fools are greater fools than young ones.
To praise great actions is in some sense to share them.
It is easier to fall in love when you are out of it than to get out of it when you are in.
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