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Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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It is a species of coquetry to make a parade of never practising it.
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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
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In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. [Fr., D...
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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue. [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vic...
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It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills. ...
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We say little if not egged on by vanity. [Fr., On parle peu quand la vanite ne fait pas parler.]
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Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.
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Gallantry of mind consists in saying flattering things in an agreeable manner.
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There is a season for man's merit as well as for fruit. [Fr., Le merite des hommes a sa saison aus...
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The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the r...
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To know how to hide one's ability is great skill. [Fr., C'est une grande habilete que de savoir ca...
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On dit que dans ses amours Il fut caresse des belles, Qui le suivirent toujours, Tant qu...
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The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
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There is merit without elevation, but there is no elevation without some merit. [Fr., Il y a du m...
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If we resist our passions it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
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We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
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The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being born without envy.
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Women know not the whole of their coquetry.
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Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all pra...
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Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true delicacy is solid refinement.
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We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.
FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us.
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We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger. [Fr., On ne peut repondre de s...
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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
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Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to hide them.
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Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and f...
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That which makes the vanity of others unbearable to us is that which wounds our own. [Fr., Ce qui...
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One may outwit another, but not all the others. [Fr., On peut etre plus fin qu'un autre, mais non ...
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Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
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The greatest miracle of love is the cure of coquetry.
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We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.
FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.
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In jealousy there is more self-love than love.
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Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small inter...
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We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done. [Fr., ...
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Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a worrisome malady.
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There is great ability in knowing how to conceal one's ability.
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There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
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Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their heads, were like the little images ...
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We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
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Some people resemble ballads which are only sung for a certain time.
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The accent of one's country dwells in the mind and in the heart as much as in the language. [Fr.,...
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We sometimes see a fool possessed of talent, but never of judgment. [Fr., On est quelquefois un s...
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It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects. [Fr., Il n'appartient qu'aux grands...
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The world rewards the appearance of merit oftener than merit itself. [Fr., Le monde recompense pl...
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The only good copies are those which exhibit the defects of bad originals.
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All the passions are nothing else than different degrees of heat and cold of the blood. [Fr., Tou...
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That is fine, and I would have praised you more had you praised me less. [Fr., Cela est beau, et ...
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True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all t...
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When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we are leaving them.
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Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.
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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
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When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
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Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means,...
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There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their ...
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Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in convers...
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Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
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It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
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The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Fortune and humor govern the world.
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It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
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What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small intere...
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It is for want of application, rather than of means that people fail,
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We would rather speak badly of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
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The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
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The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
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True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
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Some beautiful things are more impressive when left imperfect than when too highly finished.
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To establish yourself in the world a person must do all they can to appear already established.
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The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
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Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
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The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
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Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what he would be capable of with the world looking on.
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Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away.
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Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what o...
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We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.
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The pleasure of love is in loving.
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The defects and faults in the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been t...
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What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own.
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
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To be deceived by our enemies or betrayed by our friends in insupportable; yet by ourselves we are o...
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The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.
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We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them...
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Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
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People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
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One forgives to the degree that one loves.
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We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
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There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortu...
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In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and ...
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We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised befo...
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Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of i...
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We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.
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Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in ...
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A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses ...
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Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
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It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the...
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There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be so.
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I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount ...
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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acqu...
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We credit scarcely any persons with good sense except those who are of our opinion.
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Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
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Why is our memory good enough to recall to the last detail things that have happened to us, yet not ...
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Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a grea...
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Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.
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The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it.
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Hope and fear are inseparable.
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When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.
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We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.
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To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
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Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
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In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
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Live on doubts; it becomes madness or stops entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
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Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.
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Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
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The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
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We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that th...
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There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
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Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
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Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
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Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.
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One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger.
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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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We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.
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To establish oneself in the world, one has to do all one can to appear established.
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The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.
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We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
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Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.
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Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
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As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent...
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No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness w...
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The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.
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Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
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However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
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Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
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Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
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Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
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There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under th...
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It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
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We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.
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We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
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If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
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The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
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There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.
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Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.
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Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you k...
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It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.
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Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we h...
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The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
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We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.
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Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
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What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we ...
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Civility is but a desire to receive civility, and to be esteemed polite.
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It is a wearisome disease to preserve health by too strict a regimen.
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Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who h...
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There are few good women who do not tire of their role.
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Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
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We pardon to the extent that we love.
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Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already posses...
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Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more o...
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There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.
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We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.
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We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
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There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
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We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
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The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what ...
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We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
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The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the geniu...
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We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
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Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
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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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Moderation in people who are contented comes from that calm that good fortune lends to their spirit.
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The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.
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Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
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We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
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How can we expect somebody else to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves?
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There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be so.
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We are more often treacherous, through weakness than through calculation.
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Passions are the only orators to always convinces us.
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To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conve...
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We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.
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Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion t...
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It is as common for tastes to change as it is uncommon for traits of character.
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All of us have sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.
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To establish oneself in the world, one does all one can to seem established there already.
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The passions often engender their contraries.
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He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cann...
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However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.
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In jealousy there is more of self-love, than of love to another.
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The defects of the understanding, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.
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Taste may change, but inclination never.
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Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
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How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.
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What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an i...
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We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.
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It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
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