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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

Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.



Note 

Note



Maxim 57


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

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.




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Quotes for: randomness


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Play is experimenting with chance.





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Chance is necessity hidden behind a veil.





No contingency anywhere in the universe; no indifference; no liberty. While we act, we are, at the same time, acted upon.











Quotes for: action


Quotes

Quotes about action:


I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.





One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.





I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.





Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.





Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.





Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.











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It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.





There is no disguise which can long hide love where it exists, nor feign it where it does not.





If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.





Few people know how to be old.





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





If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.












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