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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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High titles debase, instead of elevate, those who know not how to support them.
      - [Titles]

However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.
      - [Motive]

However deceitful hope may be, yet she carries us on pleasantly to the end of life.
      - [Hope]

Humility is the altar upon which God wishes that we should offer Him His sacrifices.
      - [Humility]

Ideas often flash across our minds more complete than we could make them after much labor.
      - [Ideas]

Idleness is more an infirmity of the mind than of the body.
      - [Idleness]

If a man fancies that he loves his mistress for her own sake, he is very much mistaken.
      - [Selfishness]

If vanity does not entirely overthrow the virtues, at least it makes them all totter.
      - [Vanity]

If we had no defects ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
      - [Defects]

If we never flattered ourselves we should have but scant pleasure.
      - [Flattery]

If we would not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could not harm us.
      - [Flattery]

In all professions every one affects a particular look and exterior, in order to appear what he wishes to be thought; so that it may be said the world's made up of appearances.
      - [Appearance]

In all the professions every one affects a particular look and exterior, in order to appear what he wishes to be thought; so that it may be said the world is made up of appearances.
      - [Affectation]

In infants, levity is a prettiness; in men a shameful defect; but in old age, a monstrous folly.
      - [Levity]

In love the deceit generally outstrips the distrust.
      - [Distrust]

In misfortune we often mistake dejection for constancy; we bear it without daring to look on it; like cowards, who suffer themselves to be murdered without resistance.
      - [Misfortune]

In the intercourse of life we please, often, more by our defects than by our good qualities.
      - [Defects]

Indolence, languid as it is, often masters both passions and virtues.
      - [Indolence]

Innocence finds not near so much protection as guilt.
      - [Innocence]

Interest blinds some people, and enlightens others.
      - [Interest]

Interest speaks all languages, and acts all parts, even that of disinterestedness itself.
      - [Interest]

Intrepidity is an extraordinary strength of soul, which raises it above the troubles, disorders and emotions which the sight of great perils can arouse in it; by this strength heroes maintain a calm aspect and preserve their reason and liberty in the most surprising and terrible accidents.
      - [Bravery]

It is as common for men to change their taste as it is uncommon for them to change their inclination.
      - [Vacillation]

It is as easy to deceive one's self without perceiving it as it is difficult to deceive others without their finding it out.
      - [Deceit]

It is far better to be deceived than undeceived by those whom we tenderly love.
      - [Falsity]


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