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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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Those who think they have merit persuade themselves that they are honoured by being unhappy, in order to persuade others and themselves that they are worthy to be the butt of fortune."
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Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like."
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Our temper sets a price upon every gift that we receive from fortune."
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The attachment or indifference which philosophers have shown to life is only the style of their self love, about which we can no more dispute than of that of the palate or of the choice of colours."
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The caprice of our temper is even more whimsical than that of Fortune."
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A man often believes himself leader when he is led; as his mind endeavours to reach one goal, his heart insensibly drags him towards another."
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We have not enough strength to follow all our reason."
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Those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things."
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Interest blinds some and makes some see."
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Interest speaks all sorts of tongues and plays all sorts of characters; even that of disinterestedness."
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We promise according to our hopes; we perform according to our fears."
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Pride has a larger part than goodness in our remonstrances with those who commit faults, and we reprove them not so much to correct as to persuade them that we ourselves are free from faults."
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It would seem that nature, which has so wisely ordered the organs of our body for our happiness, has also given us pride to spare us the mortification of knowing our imperfections."
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Pride is much the same in all men, the only difference is the method and manner of showing it."
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Pride indemnifies itself and loses nothing even when it casts away vanity."
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Jealousy lives upon doubt; and comes to an end or becomes a fury as soon as it passes from doubt to certainty."
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The evil that we do does not attract to us so much persecution and hatred as our good qualities."
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Jealousy is in a manner just and reasonable, as it tends to preserve a good which belongs, or which we believe belongs to us, on the other hand envy is a fury which cannot endure the happiness of others."
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