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Top quotes by Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Francois de La Rochefoucauld's top quotes. 'All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.' 'How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?'


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All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.


How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?


It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them.


A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.


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


We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.


There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of.


To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.


I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.


One forgives to the degree that one loves.


When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.


Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.


Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.


Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.


We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.


We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.


We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.


The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.


Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.


If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.



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