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 :: 1613-1680, French Classical Writer

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When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Peace]

 

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A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [People]

 

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There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [People]

 

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Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Perseverance]

 

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Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Pettiness]

 

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The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Places]

 

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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.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Possibilities]

 

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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Praise]

 

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When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Praise]

 

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Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Pride]

 

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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.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Professions and Professionals]

 

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It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Promotion]

 

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The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Psychology]

 

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We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Quality]

 

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One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Relationships]

 

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We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Resolution]

 

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Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Respectability]

 

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How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Secrets]

 

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It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Interest]

 

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