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Francois de la Rochefoucauld Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Francois de la Rochefoucauld.

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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However rare true love may be,
it is less so than true friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

True love is like ghosts,
which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

No persons are more frequently wrong,
than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

Unless they share our opinions,
we seldom find people sensible.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones,
as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret
desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything,
let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against
being cheated by a man of wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Every one speaks well of his own heart,
but no one dares speak well of his own mind.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good,
to the praise that deceives them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words,
so lesser minds have a talent of talking much,
and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words,
so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the
law which is most strictly observed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern.
Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its
end but in the nascent state,
and this state is constant.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings,
and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

All the passions make us commit faults;
love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Happiness is not the absence of problems,
but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness:
forgive the pettiness of my ingratitude...
the absence of profound thankfulness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Sadness is nothing more than the absence of joy
in the same way that darkness
is nothing more than the absence of light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the total absence of fear.
Love asks no questions.
Its natural state is one of extension and expansion,
not comparison and measurement.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.
- Khalil Gibran

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A happy life consists not in the absence,
but in the mastery of hardships.
- Helen Keller

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder,
but it sure heats up the blood.
- Elizabeth Ashley

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something;
in the absence of good grounds for belief,
he will be satisfied with bad ones.
- Bertrand Russell

In the absence of the gold standard,
there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.
There is no safe store of value.
- Alan Greenspan

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

If what Proust says is true,
that happiness is the absence of fever,
then I will never know happiness.
For I am possessed by a fever
for knowledge, experience, and creation.
- Anais Nin

Security is not the absence of danger,
but the presence of God,
no matter what the danger.
- Anonymous

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- Saint Augustine

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
- Wayne Dyer

In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.
- Elijah Wood

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in
my absence and sentenced to death in my absence,
so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Behan

While formal schooling is an important advantage,
it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.
- Ray Kroc

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability
to handle conflict by peaceful means.
- Ronald Reagan

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the
terrible trials of incessant proximity.
- Edna St.
Vincent Millay

For many Americans, including many who are employed,
going to the doctor when they fall ill or become injured
may not be an option because of the absence of health insurance.
- Ben Nelson

But I still always felt the absence of a mother.
- Marcel Carne

God is absence.
God is the solitude of man.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence,
as men are with themselves for a long affliction:
absence does but hold off a friend,
to make one see him the truer.
- Ovid

There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest
moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence.
- Philip James Bailey

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
- Neal A. Maxwell

Wilderness is not defined by the absence of certain activities,
but rather by the presence of certain unique and invaluable characteristics.
- Nick Rahall

Absence is to love what wind is to fire;
it extinguishes the small,
it enkindles the great.
- Roger de Rabutin

Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights,
science and its offspring technology have been used
in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
- John Charles Polanyi

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
- Wole Soyinka

The absence and suppression of justice can only open
the way for extremists to exploit such a condition
to perpetrate acts of violence against innocents.
- King Hussein I

Happiness is the absence of suffering.
I think it's an interesting way of looking at it.
I think the absence of suffering exists very rarely in the world we live in.
- Julie Christie


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