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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
Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims

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Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



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Maxim 57




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Translation

(French)


French
Quoique les hommes se flattent de leurs grandes actions, elles ne sont pas souvent les effets d’un grand dessein, mais des effets du hasard.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales




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It would seem that our actions have lucky or unlucky stars to which they owe a great part of the blame or praise which is given them.”
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All human acts involve more chance than decision.”
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People who want something strongly enough are almost always well served by chance.”
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.”
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.”
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Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
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To act freely is to retake possession of oneself; it is to place oneself back in pure duration.”
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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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