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 :: 1613-1680, French Classical Writer

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Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Grace]

 

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Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Goals]

 

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He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [World]

 

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He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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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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Hope and fear are inseparable.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Hope]

 

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Hope is the last thing that dies in man; and though it be exceedingly deceitful, yet it is of this good use to us, that while we are traveling through life it conducts us in an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Hope]

 

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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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How ever a brilliant an action, it should not be viewed as great unless it is the result of a great motive.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Deeds and Good Deeds]

 

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However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Humility]

 

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Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Hypocrisy]

 

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If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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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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If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Company]

 

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If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Love]

 

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If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Faults]

 

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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 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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In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Jealousy]

 

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