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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

Truth does not do as much good in the world, as its counterfeits do evil.



Note 

Note



Maxim 64


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Wikisource - La Rochefoucauld - Maximes et Réflexions morales, Ménard, 1817 (fr) 




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
La vérité ne fait pas tant de bien dans le monde que ses apparences y font de mal.

German
Die Wahrheit stiftet nicht so viel Gutes in der Welt, wie ihr Schein Schlechtes.




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Truth never damages a cause that is just.

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.

The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.




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