Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

Tricks and treachery are merely proofs of lack of skill.

There is great skill in knowing how to conceal one’s skill.

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.

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

The only good copies are those which make us see the absurdity of bad originals.

Philosophy triumphs easily over past and over future evils, but present evils triumph over philosophy.

We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.

If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.

Passion often makes fools of the ablest, and lends ability to the most foolish.

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, just as the wind blows out a candle and fans a fire.