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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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Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
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What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
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We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do.
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We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
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We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look little in one that is too big for us.
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Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.
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We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
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It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.
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Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them.
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Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.
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There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
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Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
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We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
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When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
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However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
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Only the contemptible fear contempt.
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Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
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True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
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The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
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Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.
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As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
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Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.
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In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
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It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
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Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.
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Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.
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Nothing is so contagious as example and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.
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