François de La Rochefoucauld

François de La Rochefoucauld

Born: September 15, 1613

Died: March 17, 1680

Nationality: French

Occupation: Writer

Biography: François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, le Prince de Marcillac was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs, as well as an example of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman.

Source/Notes: Moral Reflections, Sentences and Maxims of Francis, Duc de la Rochefoucauld, W. Gowans, 1851, p. 117, No. 420
Source/Notes: As quoted in: Lives of the Most Eminent Liberary and Scientific Men of France, 1 (1838), p. 93

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Source/Notes: Moral Reflections, Sentences and Maxims (1665–1678), Maxims and Moral Sentences, No. 446

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Source/Notes: Moral Reflections, Sentences and Maxims (1665–1678), Maxims and Moral Sentences, No. 145. Variant translation: "As it is the characteristic of great wits to convey a great deal in a few words, so on the contrary, small wits have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing"
Source/Notes: Maxims and Moral Reflections of the Duke de La Rochefoucault, Also Shakesperian Aphorisms (1872 edition)