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François de La Rochefoucauld
(15 Sep 1613 - 16 Mar 1680)

French author whose Maxims presents a disillusioned view of mankind, using a French form of epigram, which tersely expresses harsh or paradoxical truth.

Science Quotes by François de La Rochefoucauld (4 quotes)

La jeunesse est une ivresse continuelle: c’est la fièvre de la raison.
Youth is continual intoxication; it is a fever of reason.
— François de La Rochefoucauld
Original French from Maximes et Réflexions Morales (1796), 40, Maxim 279. This English translation in Maxims and Moral Reflexions: An Improved Edition (1797), 126, Maxim 503.
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Death, like the sun, cannot be looked at steadily.
— François de La Rochefoucauld
Maxims (1678), no. 26, trans. F. G. Stevens (1939), 11.
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It is a great folly to wish to be exclusively wise.
— François de La Rochefoucauld
In Moral Reflections, Sentences and Maxims (1851), 72.
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It is easier to understand mankind in general than any individual man.
— François de La Rochefoucauld
Maxims (1678), no. 436, trans. F. G. Stevens (1939), 137.
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