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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

Men are not only prone to forget benefits and injuries; they even hate those who have obliged them, and cease to hate those who have injured them. The necessity of revenging an injury or of recompensing a benefit seems a slavery to which they are unwilling to submit.



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Maxim 14


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(French)



French
Les hommes ne sont pas seulement sujets à perdre le souvenir des bienfaits et des injures ; ils haïssent même ceux qui les ont obligés, et cessent de haïr ceux qui leur ont fait des outrages. L’application à récompenser le bien, et à se venger du mal, leur paraît une servitude à laquelle ils ont peine de se soumettre.




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