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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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One honor won is a surety for more.
      - [Honor]

One thing which makes us find so few people who appear reasonable and agreeable in conversation is, that there is scarcely any one who does not think more of what he is about to say than of answering precisely what is said to him.
      - [Conversation]

Our actions are like the terminations of verses; which we rhyme as we please.
      - [Action]

Our distrust justifies the deceit of others.
      - [Doubt]

Our distrust of another justifies his deceit.
      - [Deceit]

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
      - [Enemies]

Our merit gains us the esteem of the virtuous; our star, that of the public.
      - [Popularity]

Our probity is not less at the mercy of fortune than our property.
      - [Fortune]

Our virtues are commonly disguised vices.
      - [Virtue]

Our wisdom is no less at fortune's mercy than our wealth.
      - [Wisdom]

Penetration has an air of divination; it pleases our vanity more than any other quality of the mind.
      - [Penetration]

People would not long remain in social life if they were not the dupes of each other.
      - [Deceit]

Perfect valor is to do unwitnessed what we should be capable of doing before all the world.
      - [Valor]

Philosophy easily triumphs over past and future ills; but present ills triumph over philosophy.
      - [Ills]

Philosophy triumphs easily over past and future evils, but present evils triumph over philosophy.
      - [Evil]

Pity is a sense of our own misfortunes in those of another man; it is a sort of foresight of the disasters which may befall ourselves. We assist others,, in order that they may assist us on like occasions; so that the services we offer to the unfortunate are in reality so many anticipated kindnesses to ourselves.
      - [Pity]

Plenty of people despise money, but few know how to give it away.
      - [Money]

Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, serves also to moderate it.
      - [Pride]

Prudence and love are inconsistent; in proportion as the last increases, the other decreases.
      - [Prudence]

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
      - [Quarrels]

Raillery is more insupportable than wrong; because we have a right to resent injuries, but are ridiculous in being angry at a jest.
      - [Ridicule]

Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of consequences.
      - [Repentance]

Satire is at once the most agreeable and most dangerous of mental qualities. It always pleases when it is refined, but we always fear those who use it too much; yet satire should be allowed when unmixed with spite, and when the person satirized can join in the satire.
      - [Satire]

Self-love increases or diminishes for us the good qualities of our friends, in proportion to the satisfaction we feel with them; and we judge of their merit by the manner in which they act towards us.
      - [Friends]

Self-love is more cunning than the most cunning man in the world.
      - [Self-love]


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