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francois de la rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
French author & moralist [more author details]
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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
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Francois de La Rochefoucauld
All of us have sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.
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Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.
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Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives.
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Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.
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Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
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Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
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Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
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He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
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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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