François Duc La Rochefoucauld

“Few people know how to be old.”

“It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them.”

“Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.”

“Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.”

“Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.”

“To know oneself is not necessarily to improve oneself.”

“To praise princes for virtues they are lacking in is a way of insulting them with impunity.”

“A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.”

“We are never so happy or so unhappy as we think.”

“We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.”