François de La Rochefoucauld


1613 – 1680


Who was François de La Rochefoucauld?

François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. His is a clear-eyed, worldly view of human conduct that indulges in neither condemnation nor sentimentality. Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champs, at a time when the royal court was oscillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.

Famous Quotes:

  • It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
  • Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
  • Only the great can afford to have great defects.
  • If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
  • The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.
  • When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.
  • How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.
  • However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
  • We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
  • The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.

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Sep 15, 1613
Also known as
  • Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • Francois VI, Duke of La Rochefoucauld
  • La Rochefoucauld
  • Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • duc de La Rochefoucauld Francois
  • François La Rochefoucauld
  • Catholicism
  • France
Mar 17, 1680

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