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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

Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like.



Note 

Note



Maxim 48


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Wikisource - La Rochefoucauld - Maximes et Réflexions morales (fr) 




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
La félicité est dans le goût et non pas dans les choses ; et c’est par avoir ce qu’on aime qu’on est heureux, et non par avoir ce que les autres trouvent aimable.

German
Das Glück liegt im Geschmack, nicht in der Sache; und der Besitz dessen, was man selbst gern hat, nicht dessen, was andere gern haben, macht glücklich.




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