Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS

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  • 1.
    Gravity is a kind of mystical behavior in the body, invented to conceal the defects of the mind.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 258 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 2.
    The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 382 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 3.
    Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 431 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 4.
    Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Ed. FitzGibbon (1957). Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 593 (1664).

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  • 5.
    What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 263 (1678).
  • 6.
    Great men's honor ought always to be measured by the methods they made use of in attaining it.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 158 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 7.
    Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 99 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 8.
    The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 113 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 9.
    Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 33 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 10.
    Few people know how to be old.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 423 (1678).

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