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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

Passions often produce their contraries: avarice sometimes leads to prodigality, and prodigality to avarice; we are often obstinate through weakness and daring though timidity.



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Maxim 11


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(German, French)



German
Oft erzeugen Leidenschaften andere, die ihnen entgegengesetzt sind: Geiz Verschwendung, Verschwendung Geiz. Oft ist man hartnäckig aus Schwäche und verwegen aus Angst.

French
Les passions en engendrent souvent qui leur sont contraires. L’avarice produit quelquefois la prodigalité, et la prodigalité l’avarice ; on est souvent ferme par faiblesse, et audacieux par timidité.




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Quotes for: passion


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Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion.
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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.
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There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
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To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
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Quotes for: weakness


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Quotes about weakness:


No man is weak by choice.
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Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
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What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
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Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
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What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.
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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
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It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
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There is no disguise which can long hide love where it exists, nor feign it where it does not.
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If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.
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Few people know how to be old.
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We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.
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If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
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