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François de La Rochefoucauld

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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

Great and striking actions which dazzle the eyes are represented by politicians as the effect of great designs, instead of which they are commonly caused by the temper and the passions. Thus the war between Augustus and Anthony, which is set down to the ambition they entertained of making themselves masters of the world, was probably but an effect of jealousy.



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Maxim 7


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(German, French)



German
Die großen und glänzenden Taten, welche das Auge blenden, werden von den Politikern als die Wirkungen großer Pläne hingestellt, obwohl sie gewöhnlich nichts anderes sind als die Wirkungen von Launen und Leidenschaften. So war der Krieg zwischen Augustus und Antonius, den man ihrem Ehrgeize, sich zu Hqrrn der Welt zu machen, zuschreibt, vielleicht nur eine Wirkung der Eifersucht.

French
Ces grandes et éclatantes actions qui éblouissent les yeux sont représentées par les politiques comme les effets des grands desseins, au lieu que ce sont d’ordinaire les effets de l’humeur et des passions. Ainsi la guerre d’Auguste et d’Antoine, qu’on rapporte à l’ambition qu’ils avaient de se rendre maîtres du monde, n’était peut-être qu’un effet de jalousie.




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Quotes for: passion


Quotes

Quotes about passion:


Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.





All men are liable to error and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.





Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion.





The time at our disposal each day is elastic the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.





There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.





To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.











Quotes for: action


Quotes

Quotes about action:


I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.





One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.





I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.





Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.





Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.





Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.











Quotes for: politics


Quotes

Quotes for: politics


Man is by nature a political animal.





Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.





Article II – The goal of any political association is the conservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, safety and resistance against oppression.





In affairs of state the principles and the foundations must be truth and justice.





My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.





Politics have no relation to morals.











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François de La Rochefoucauld also said...


It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.





There is no disguise which can long hide love where it exists, nor feign it where it does not.





If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.





Few people know how to be old.





We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.





If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.












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