Quotes by Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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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.

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
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.
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be so.
We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.
Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
Why is our memory good enough to recall to the last detail things that have happened to us, yet not good enough to recall how often we have told them to the same person.
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.
Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
Moderation in people who are contented comes from that calm that good fortune lends to their spirit.
We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.
We credit scarcely any persons with good sense except those who are of our opinion.
The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have.
We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.
Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.
The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.
Passions are the only orators to always convinces us.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
Taste may change, but inclination never.
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.
The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.

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