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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
      - [Chance]

Civility is a desire to receive civility, and to be accounted well-bred.
      - [Courtesy]

Civility is but a desire to receive civility, and to be esteemed polite.
      - [Civility]

Clemency, which we make a virtue of, proceeds sometimes from vanity, sometimes from indolence, often from fear, and almost always from a mixture of all three.
      - [Clemency]

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
      - [Conversation]

Confidence always pleases those who receive it. It is a tribute we pay to their merit, a deposit we commit to their trust, a pledge that gives them a claim upon us, a kind of dependence to which we voluntarily submit.
      - [Confidence]

Confidence in conversation has a greater share than wit.
      - [Confidence]

Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.
      - [Cunning]

Decency is the least of all laws, yet the law which is most strictly observed.
      - [Decency]

Dishonest men conceal their faults from themselves as well as others; honest men know and confess them.
      - [Dishonesty]

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
      - [Envy]

Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, and even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ingrates.
      - [Esteem]

Esteem never makes ingrates.
      - [Esteem]

Even women are perfect at the outset.
      - [Perfection]

Every one complains of the badness of his memory but nobody of his judgment.
      - [Judgment]

Everybody takes pleasure in returning small obligations; many go so far as to knowledge moderate ones; but there is hardly any one who does not repay great obligations with ingratitude.
      - [Ingratitude]

Everyone agrees that a secret should be kept intact, but everyone does not agree as to the nature and importance of secrecy. Too often we consult ourselves as to what we should say, what we should leave unsaid. There are few permanent secrets, and the scruple against revealing them will not last forever.
      - [Secrecy]

Extreme avarice is nearly always mistaken; there is no passion which is oftener further away from its mark, nor upon which the present has so much power to the prejudice of the future.
      - [Avarice]

Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.
      - [Familiarity]

Fancy sets the value on the gifts of fortune.
      - [Fancy]

Female gossips are generally actuated by active ignorance.
      - [Gossip]

Few men are so clever as to know all the mischief they do.
      - [Mischief]

Few people know death, we only endure it, usually from determination, and even from stupidity and custom; and most men only die because they know not how to prevent dying.
      - [Death]

Few people know how to be old.
      - [Age]

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.
      - [Perseverance : Success]


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