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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 not enough to have great qualities We should also have the management of them.
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No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
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It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
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One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
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Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.
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On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
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A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
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If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
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Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
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If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
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There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.
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There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
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It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not.
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We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.
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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
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Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.
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To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
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We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
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There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
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We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
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Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.
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We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive and dissemble with ourselves.
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There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.
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We pardon to the extent that we love.
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However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.
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Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
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Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.
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