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François de La Rochefoucauld

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Biography : French moralist, author of maxims and memoirs.
Born: 1613 - Died: 1680
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
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It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
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There is no disguise which can long hide love where it exists, nor feign it where it does not.
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If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.
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Few people know how to be old.
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We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.
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If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
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The virtues lose themselves in interest as the rivers are lost in the sea.
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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
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Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
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True eloquence consists in saying all that should be, not all that could be said.
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Interest speaks all sorts of tongues and plays all sorts of characters; even that of disinterestedness.
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Those who live without madness are not as wise as they think.
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Strength and weakness of mind are mis-named; they are really only the good or happy arrangement of our bodily organs.
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We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible.
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Neither the sun nor death can be looked at without winking.
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We have all sufficient strength to support the misfortunes of others.
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The truest way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.
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Like plants, most men have hidden properties that chance alone reveals.
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The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
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Truth does not do as much good in the world, as its counterfeits do evil.
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Whatever great advantages nature may give, it is not she alone, but fortune also that makes the hero.
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The moderation of those who are happy arises from the calm which good fortune bestows upon their temper.
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In the human heart there is a perpetual generation of passions; so that the ruin of one is almost always the foundation of another.
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Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
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No one can answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.
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Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses what one would be capable of doing before the world at large.
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If there is a pure love, exempt from the mixture of our other passions, it is that which is concealed at the bottom of the heart and of which even ourselves are ignorant.
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It is difficult to define love; all we can say is, that in the soul it is a desire to rule, in the mind it is a sympathy, and in the body it is a hidden and delicate wish to possess what we love—Plus many mysteries.
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What grace is to the body good sense is to the mind.
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