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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
17th century
Place of birth: France

Moderation is caused by the fear of exciting the envy and contempt which those merit who are intoxicated with their good fortune; it is a vain display of our strength of mind, and in short the moderation of men at their greatest height is only a desire to appear greater than their fortune.



Maxim 18

Quote source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Wikisource - La Rochefoucauld - Œuvres (fr) 



(French, German)

La modération est une crainte de tomber dans l’envie et dans le mépris que méritent ceux qui s’enivrent de leur bonheur ; c’est une vaine ostentation de la force de notre esprit ; et enfin la modération des hommes dans leur plus haute élévation est un désir de paraître plus grands que leur fortune.

Die Mäßigung ist eine Art Furcht, dem Neid und der Verachtung zu verfallen, so jene auf sich ziehen, die sich vom Glück berauschen lassen; sie ist eine eitle Schaustellung unserer Geistesstärke; bei Männern endlich, die auf den Höhen des Lebens wandeln, ist sie der Wunsch, grösser zu erscheinen als ihr Glück.

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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.

Few people know how to be old.

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

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