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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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Passion often renders the most clever man a fool, and even sometimes renders the most foolish man clever. "
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The duration of our passions is no more dependant upon us than the duration of our life."
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Self love is more cunning than the most cunning man in the world. "
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Whatever discoveries have been made in the region of self-love, there remain many unexplored territories there. "
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Self-love is the greatest of flatterers. "
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What we term virtue is often but a mass of various actions and divers interests, which fortune, or our own industry, manage to arrange; and it is not always from valour or from chastity that men are brave, and women chaste."
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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them."
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Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs."
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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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