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Biography - François de La Rochefoucauld:

French moralist, author of maxims and memoirs.
Born: 1613 - Died: 1680
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

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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French
Ce que nous prenons pour des vertus n’est souvent qu’un assemblage de diverses actions et de divers intérêts, que la fortune ou notre industrie savent arranger ; et ce n’est pas toujours par valeur et par chasteté que les hommes sont vaillants, et que les femmes sont chastes.

German
Was wir für Tugenden halten, ist oft nur ein Gemisch von verschiedenartigen Handlungen und Interessen, denen das Geschick und unsere Geschicklichkeit ein vorteilhaftes Ansehen zu geben verstehen, und es ist nicht immer Tapferkeit und Ehrbarkeit, was die Männer tapfer und die Frauen ehrbar macht.




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