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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
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

The contempt of riches in philosophers was only a hidden desire to avenge their merit upon the injustice of fortune, by despising the very goods of which fortune had deprived them; it was a secret to guard themselves against the degradation of poverty, it was a back way by which to arrive at that distinction which they could not gain by riches.



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Maxim 54


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

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French
Le mépris des richesses était dans les philosophes un désir caché de venger leur mérite de l’injustice de la fortune par le mépris des mêmes biens dont elle les privait ; c’était un secret pour se garantir de l’avilissement de la pauvreté ; c’était un chemin détourné pour aller à la considération qu’ils ne pouvaient avoir par les richesses.




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