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François de La Rochefoucauld

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Biography : French author.
Born: 1613 - Died: 1680
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
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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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A clever man ought to so regulate his interests that each will fall in due order. Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least we miss the greatest."
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There is no praise we have not lavished upon Prudence; and yet she cannot assure to us the most trifling event."
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Truth does not do as much good in the world, as its counterfeits do evil."
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The aversion to lying is often a hidden ambition to render our words credible and weighty, and to attach a religious aspect to our conversation."
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Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others."
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The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less upon their dispositions than their fortunes."
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Fortune turns all things to the advantage of those on whom she smiles."
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There are no accidents so unfortunate from which skilful men will not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men will not turn them to their hurt."
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It would seem that our actions have lucky or unlucky stars to which they owe a great part of the blame or praise which is given them."
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Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance."
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To establish ourselves in the world we do everything to appear as if we were established."
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The hate of favourites is only a love of favour. The envy of NOT possessing it, consoles and softens its regrets by the contempt it evinces for those who possess it, and we refuse them our homage, not being able to detract from them what attracts that of the rest of the world."
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The contempt of riches in philosophers was only a hidden desire to avenge their merit upon the injustice of fortune, by despising the very goods of which fortune had deprived them; it was a secret to guard themselves against the degradation of poverty, it was a back way by which to arrive at that distinction which they could not gain by riches."
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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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Whatever difference there appears in our fortunes, there is nevertheless a certain compensation of good and evil which renders them equal."
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Nothing should so much diminish the satisfaction which we feel with ourselves as seeing that we disapprove at one time of that which we approve of at another."
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