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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

Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others.



Note 

Note



Maxim 62


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(French)



French
La sincérité est une ouverture de cœur. On la trouve en fort peu de gens ; et celle que l’on voit d’ordinaire n’est qu’une fine dissimulation pour attirer la confiance des autres.




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