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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

A clever man ought to so regulate his interests that each will fall in due order. Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least we miss the greatest.



Note 

Note



Maxim 66


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(French)



French
Un habile homme doit régler le rang de ses intérêts et les conduire chacun dans son ordre. Notre avidité le trouble souvent en nous faisant courir à tant de choses à la fois que, pour désirer trop les moins importantes, on manque les plus considérables.




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Quotes for: interest


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Quotes about interest:


Interest speaks all sorts of tongues and plays all sorts of characters; even that of disinterestedness.





All men are liable to error and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.





The virtues lose themselves in interest as the rivers are lost in the sea.





Reason does not know the interests of the heart.





Though men be much governed by interest; yet even interest itself, and all human affairs, are entirely governed by opinion.





Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.











Quotes for: Desire


Quotes

Quotes for: Desire


He has what he desires who can limit his desires to what is enough.





Desire is the essence of a man.





There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.





Love is the desire to give, not to receive, something.





My third maxim was to try always to conquer myself rather than fortune, and to alter my desires rather than change the order of the world.





Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.











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François de La Rochefoucauld also said...


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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