François de La Rochefoucauld was born 15 September 1613 and died 17 March 1680.
- No persons are more frequently wrong than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- We are almost always bored by just those whom we must not find boring.
- We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
- True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
- The only thing constant in life is change.
- One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.
- We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.
- When we are unable to find tranquillity within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
- The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
- Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary by sense.
- How can you expect another to keep a secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
- One may outwit another, but not all the others.
- Second-rate minds usually condemn everything beyond their grasp.
- Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.
François de La Rochefoucauld was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. The French classical author was one of the leading exponents of the ‘maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses a harsh or paradoxical truth with brevity’. (via) He is the author of Maxims.
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