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Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

If I advance, follow me If I retreat, kill me If I die, avenge me

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The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

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The intellect is always fooled by the heart.

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It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.

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There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.

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

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It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.

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Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.

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Usually we praise only to be praised.

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Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.

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Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind.

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Fortune and humor govern the world.

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Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.

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

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If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.

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What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.

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Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.

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Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.

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There are heroes in evil as well as in good.

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A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.

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We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.

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If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.

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