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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

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.



Note 

Note



Maxim 58


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(French)



French
Il semble que nos actions aient des étoiles heureuses ou malheureuses à qui elles doivent une grande partie de la louange et du blâme qu’on leur donne.




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