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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

The passions possess a certain injustice and self interest which makes it dangerous to follow them, and in reality we should distrust them even when they appear most trustworthy.



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Maxim 9


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(German, French)



German
Leidenschaft ist ungerecht und eigennützig und deshalb eine gefährliche Führerin, der man sich nicht anvertrauen soll, selbst wenn sie noch so vernünftig erscheint.

French
Les passions ont une injustice et un propre intérêt qui fait qu’il est dangereux de les suivre, et qu’on s’en doit défier lors même qu’elles paraissent les plus raisonnables.




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