Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.

 
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Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  • Born: September 15, 1613
  • Died: March 17, 1680
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Writer

François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac 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. Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champs, at a time when the royal court was vacillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.