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Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
French author & moralist [more author details]
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If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
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It is as common for tastes to change as it is uncommon for traits of character.
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It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
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Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty.
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Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away.
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No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
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Nothing is less sincere than our mode of asking and giving advice. He who asks seems to have a deference for the opinion of his friend, while he only aims to get approval of his own and make his friend responsible for his action. And he who gives advice repays the confidence supposed to be placed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal, while he seldom means anything by his advice but his own interest or reputation.
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One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.
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Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.
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Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what he would be capable of with the world looking on.
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Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady.
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Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them.
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Solemnity is a device of the body to hide the faults of the mind.
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The defects and faults in the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind.
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The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.
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The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
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The passions are the only orators that always persuade.
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The passions often engender their contraries.
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The pleasure of love is in loving.
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To establish oneself in the world, one does all one can to seem established there already.
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