Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Courage Quote

Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements yet these are in truth very often owing not so much to design as chance.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Design Quote

We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life and often find ourselves without experience despite our years.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Experience Quote

One forgives to the degree that one loves.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Forgiveness Quote

Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils but the present are commonly too hard for it.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Future Quote

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Happiness Quote

One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Imagination Quote

Flattery is a kind of bad money to which our vanity gives us currency.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Money Quote

Nature seems at each man’s birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Nature Quote

We have no patience with other people’s vanity because it is offensive to our own.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Patience Quote