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French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body.
      - [Wisdom]

Wit sometimes enables us to act rudely with impunity.
      - [Wit]

Women can less easily surmount their coquetry than their passions.
      - [Women]

Women find it far more difficult to overcome their inclination to coquetry than to overcome their love.
      - [Coquette]

Youth changes its tastes by the warmth of its blood; age retains its tastes by habit.
      - [Age]

Youth is a continual intoxication; it is the fever of reason.
      - [Youth]

The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
      - Maxim (298) [Gratitude]

We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.
      - Maxim (305) [Admiration]

One may outwit another, but not all the others.
  [Fr., On peut etre plus fin qu'un autre, mais non pas plus fin que tous les autres.]
      - Maxim (394) [Deceit]

We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
      - Maxim (403) [Advice]

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us.
  [Fr., Dans l'adversite de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose ne nous deplaist pas.]
      - Maxim (99) [Adversity]

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
  [Fr., Il est plus aise d'etre sage pour les autres, que pour soi-meme.]
      - Maximes [Wisdom]

It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects.
  [Fr., Il n'appartient qu'aux grands hommes d'avoir de grands defauts.]
      - Maximes [Greatness]

The love of justice is, in most men, nothing more than the fear of suffering injustice.
  [Fr., L'amour de la justice n'est, en la plupart des hommes, que la crainte de souffrir l'injustice.
      - Maximes [Justice]

We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
  [Fr., On n'est jamais si heureux, ni si malheureux, qu'on se l'imagine.]
      - Maximes [Happiness]

The qualities we have do not make us so ridiculous as those which we affect to have.
  [Fr., On n'est jamais si ridicule par les qualites que l'on a que par celles que l'on affecte d'avoir.]
      - Maximes (134) [Character]

We say little if not egged on by vanity.
  [Fr., On parle peu quand la vanite ne fait pas parler.]
      - Maximes (137) [Vanity]

However resplendent an action may be, it should not be accounted great unless it is the result of a great design.
  [Fr., Quelque eclatente que soit une action, elle ne doit pas passer pour grande, lorqeu'elle n'est pas l'effet d'un grand essein.]
      - Maximes (160) [Action]

It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
  [Fr., Il est plus facile de paraitre digne des emplois qu'on n'a pas que de ceux que l'on exerce.]
      - Maximes (164) [Worth]

The world rewards the appearance of merit oftener than merit itself.
  [Fr., Le monde recompense plus souvent les apparences de merite que le merite meme.]
      - Maximes (166) [Merit]

Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of life along an agreeable road.
  [Fr., L' esperance, toute trompeuse qu'elle est, sert au moins a nous mener a la fin de la vie par un chemin agreable.]
      - Maximes (168) [Hope]

He who lives without committing any folly is not so wise as he thinks.
  [Fr., Qui vit sans folie n'est pas si sage qu'il croit.]
      - Maximes (209) [Folly]

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue.
  [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend a la vertu.]
      - Maximes (218) [Hypocrisy]

To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
  [Fr., C'est une grande habilete que de savoir cacher son habilete.]
      - Maximes (245) [Ability]

Gravity is a mystery of the body invented to conceal the defects of the mind.
  [Fr., La gravite est un mystere du corps invente pour cacher les defauts de l'esprit.]
      - Maximes (257) [Mind]

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