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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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A fashionable woman is always in love--with herself.
      - [Fashion]

A good woman is a hidden treasure; who discovers her will do well not to boast about it.
      - [Women]

A lofty mind always thinks nobly, it easily creates vivid, agreeable, and natural fancies, places them in their best light, clothes them with all appropriate adornments, studies others' tastes, and clears away from its own thoughts all that is useless and disagreeable.
      - [Mind]

A man of wit would often be much embarrassed without the company of fools.
      - [Fools]

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.
      - [Contentment]

A man who is always well satisfied with himself is seldom so with others, and others as little pleased with him.
      - [Conceit]

A man's desires always disappoint him; for though he meets with something that gives him satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers his expectation.
      - [Anticipation]

Ability wins us the esteem of the true men: luck that of the people.
      - [Ability]

Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind will blow out a candle and blow in a fire.
      - [Absence]

Absence lessens moderate passions and increases great ones; as the wind extinguishes the taper, but kindles the burning dwelling.
      - [Absence]

Affected simplicity is refined imposture.
      - [Simplicity]

Age is a tyrant, who forbids, at the penalty of life, all the pleasures of youth.
      - [Age]

All who know their own minds know not their own hearts.
      - [Heart]

All women seem by nature to be coquettes.
      - [Coquette]

Almost everyone takes pleasure in repaying trifling obligations, very many feel gratitude for those that are moderate; but there is scarcely anyone who is not ungrateful for those that are weighty.
      - [Gratitude]

Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
      - [Action : Chance]

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing.
      - [Conversation]

As it is the mark of great minds to say many things in a few words, so it is that of little minds to use many words to say nothing.
      - [Words]

As love increases, prudence diminishes.
      - [Intrigue]

As we grow old we become more foolish and more wise.
      - [Age]

Avarice is more opposite to economy than liberality.
      - [Avarice]

Avarice often produces opposite effects; there is an infinite number of people who sacrifice all their property to doubtful and distant expectations; others despise great future advantages to obtain present interests of a trifling nature.
      - [Avarice]

Beautiful coquettes are quacks of love.
      - [Beauty]

Before we passionately desire anything which another enjoys, we should examine into the happiness of its possessor.
      - [Desire]

Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind; and hence arises the happiness of the poor.
      - [Labor]


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