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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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It is given to few persons to keep this secret well. Those who lay down rules too often break them, and the safest we are able to give is to listen much, to speak little, and to say nothing that that will ever give ground or regret.
      - [Conversation]

It is great folly to wish only to be wise.
      - [Wisdom]

It is more difficult for a man to be faithful to his mistress when he is favored than when he is ill treated by her.
      - [Fidelity]

It is more disgraceful to distrust than to be deceived by our friends.
      - [Mistrust]

It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
      - [Wisdom]

It is much easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
      - [Desire]

It is not expedient or wise to examine our friends too closely; few persons are raised in our esteem by a close examination.
      - [Expediency]

It is only people who possess firmness who can possess true gentleness. In those who appear gentle, it is generally only weakness, which is readily converted into harshness.
      - [Gentleness]

It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness; those who appear gentle are in general only of a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.
      - [Firmness]

It is our own vanity that makes the vanity of others intolerable to us.
      - [Vanity]

It is praiseworthy even to attempt a great action.
      - [Action]

It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by cunning men.
      - [Artifice]

It is valueless to a woman to be young unless pretty, or to be pretty unless young.
      - [Women]

It is with certain good qualities as with the senses; those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them.
      - [Appreciation]

It is with sincere affection or friendship as with ghosts and apparitions,--a thing that everybody talks of, and scarce any hath seen.
      - [Sincerity]

It may be said that the vices await us in the journey of life like hosts with whom we must successively lodge; and I doubt whether experience would make us avoid them if we were to travel the same road a second time.
      - [Vice]

It seems that nature, which has so wisely disposed our bodily organs with a view to our happiness, has also bestowed on us pride, to spare us the pain of being aware of our imperfections.
      - [Pride]

Jealousy is always born with love, but does not always die with it.
      - [Jealousy]

Jealousy is not love, but self-love.
      - [Jealousy]

Jealousy lives upon distrust, becomes madness, or ceases entirely when we pass from doubt to certainty.
      - [Distrust]

Kings do with men as with pieces of money; they give them what value they please, and we are obliged to receive them at their current and not at their real value.
      - [Titles]

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
      - [Will]

Love is the smallest part of gallantry.
      - [Gallantry]

Magnanimity is sufficiently defined by its name, nevertheless one can say it is the good sense of pride, the most noble way of receiving praise.
      - [Magnanimity]

Man only blames himself in order that he may be praised.
      - [Blame]


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