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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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Few things are needed to make a wise man happy; nothing can make a fool content; that is why most men are miserable.
      - [Contentment]

Flattery is a sort of bad money, to which our vanity gives currency.
      - [Flattery]

Flattery is false money, which would not be current were it not for our vanity.
      - [Flattery]

For the credit of virtue we must admit that the greatest misfortunes of men are those into which they fall through their crimes.
      - [Crime]

Fortune and caprice govern the world.
      - [Government]

Fortune makes folly her peculiar care.-Churchill. Old fools are more foolish than young ones.
      - [Fools]

Fortune turns everything to the advantage of her favorites.
      - [Fortune]

Friendship is a traffic wherein self-love always proposes to be the gainer.
      - [Friendship]

Good and bad fortune are found severally to visit those who have the most of the one or the other.
      - [Fortune]

Good taste comes more from the judgment than from the mind.
      - [Taste]

Grace is to the body what good sense is to the mind.
      - [Manners]

Gratitude is like the good faith of traders--it maintains commerce; and we often pay, not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we may more readily find people to trust us.
      - [Gratitude]

Gravity is a mysterious carriage of the body invented to cover the defects of the mind.
      - [Gravity]

Great men should not have great faults.
      - [Greatness]

Great minds lower, instead of elevate, those who do not know how to support them.
      - [Mind]

Great names degrade instead of elevating those who know not how to sustain them.
      - [Names]

Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than the common, but those only who have greater designs.
      - [Greatness]

Had we not faults of our own we should take less pleasure in observing those of others.
      - [Faults]

Happiness is in taste and not in things; and it is by having what we love that we are happy, not by having what others find agreeable.
      - [Happiness]

Hatred is stronger than friendship.
      - [Hatred]

He is a truly good man who desires always to bear the inspection of good men.
      - [Goodness]

He is not a reasonable man who by chance stumbles upon reason, but he who derives it from knowledge, from discernment, and from taste.
      - [Reason]

He is safe who admits no one to his confidence.
      - [Confidence]

He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
      - [Dependence : World]

He who thinks he can find in himself the means of doing without others is much mistaken; but he who thinks that others cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
      - [Egotism]


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