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 :: 1613-1680, French Classical Writer

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The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Self-esteem]

 

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Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Selfishness]

 

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The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Shame]

 

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Weak people cannot be sincere.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Sincerity]

 

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If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Passions are the only orators to always convinces us.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Strength]

 

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Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Style]

 

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The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Surprises]

 

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Taste may change, but inclination never.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Taste]

 

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The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Temper]

 

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Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Timidity]

 

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Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Valor]

 

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What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Vanity]

 

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We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Vice]

 

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We are more often treacherous, through weakness than through calculation.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Weakness]

 

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If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Passion]

 

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In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Passion]

 

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Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Passion]

 

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The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Passion]

 

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