François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. It is said that his world-view was clear-eyed and urbane, and that he neither condemned human conduct nor sentimentally celebrated it.
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The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures they are safe only because nobody has sought after them.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils but the present are commonly too hard for it.
We may seem great in an employment below our worth but we very often look little in one that is too big for us.
On neither the sun nor death can a man look fixedly.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.