Francis la Rochefoucauld …

Posted on June 20, 2007. Filed under: The French Contribution |

Francis Rochefoucauld  was an author of maxims and memoirs. He stands as an example of the accomplished nobleman.

Great souls are not those who have fewer passions or more vices but those who have greater designs. Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.

Decency is the least of all laws but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed. Perfect behaviour is born out of complete indifference.

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win. Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.

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

I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don’t know where I would be without it.

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