François de La Rochefoucauld: Master of aphorisms (and a failure of none)

If twitter had existed in the 17th century, I bet François de La Rochefoucauld would have dropped mics left and right with his words. His books are full of pithy maxims that perfectly fit inside the ‘what’s happening’ tweet box; 280 characters at a time. Not sure though if those maxims would have received unusually high number of RTs and Likes given the level of sting it usually carried with it. But then again, he probably would not have cared that much!

When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time. (ouch! i feel seen)

It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by cunning men.

Though sincerity and confidence have many points of resemblance, they have yet many points of difference.

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

The desire to appear clever often prevents one from being so.

Sometimes we meet a fool with wit, never one with discretion.

There is no disguise which can long hide love where it exists, nor feign it where it does not.

It is a great folly to wish only to be wise.

Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body.

No people are more often wrong than those who will not allow themselves to be wrong.

We keep our first lover for a long time — if we do not get a second.

One kind of flirtation is to boast we never flirt.

What we find the least of in flirtation is love.

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