Quotes by Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.
When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.
Hope is the last thing that dies in man; and though it be exceedingly deceitful, yet it is of this good use to us, that while we are traveling through life it conducts us in an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.
Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.
The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength.
There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.
Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.
We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.
Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.
What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own.
What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives behind them.

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