Quotes Over Coffee – Issue 01

Maxims by François de La Rochefoucauld

Quotes Over Coffee – Issue 01

In each issue, we share a few phrases from a (usually old) philosopher/ thinker. A few thoughts for you to ponder over a cup of Crazy Calm. We operate under the belief that clearer thinking positively benefits not only the thinker but the family, friends, colleagues and strangers surrounding them.

The following thoughts are from the 17th century French author François de La Rochefoucauld in his book Maxims.

What is a maxim? The dictionary definition is “a short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct.” In modern words, it’s a saying or proverb.

I find these maxims valuable for self-reflection. Often times the best advice makes us feel uncomfortable initially because it brings to light a hidden truth that we’d rather not admit.

Now that we got that out of the way,  we’ll let François take the wheel…


  1. “Good or bad fortune depends no less on our moods than on chance.”
  2. “We criticize faults less to correct them, than to prove that we do not possess them.”
  3. “Grace is to the body what reason is to the mind.”
  4. “Self-esteem measures the virtue of others according to how well we like them. We judge of others’ merits from their treatment of us.”
  5. “Old people like to give good’ advice, since they can no longer set bad examples.”
  6. “Mental like facial peculiarities are accentuated by old age.”
  7. “Calling attention to our sincerity is one form of coquetry.”
  8. “How little we should enjoy life if we never flattered ourselves!”
  9. “Vices are as often component parts of virtues as poisons are of healing potions; shrewdness combines and blends them to relieve the ills of life.”
  10. “Pride hates to owe, and vanity hates to pay.”
  11. “Devoting one’s life to keeping well is one of the most tedious of ailments.”
  12. “What we most dislike in the vanity of others is that it wounds our own.”
  13. “We rarely consider anyone sensible unless he agrees with our ideas.”
  14. “Infidelity should kill love, and one should never be Jealous when one has reason to be; only those who avoid causing jealousy are worthy of our own jealousy.”
  15. “One is most bored with those with whom it is not permissible to be bored.”
  16. “It takes a clever man to hide his cleverness.”

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