Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotations

-What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.

-Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or great evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.

-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?

-We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.

-The world more often rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself.

-Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

-Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.

-When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

-Tricks and treachery are merely proof of lack of skill.

-We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.

-We should manage our fortunes as we do our health – enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.

-The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.

-It is a great ability to be able to conceal one’s ability.

-Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.

-We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire.

-The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld