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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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The fame of great men ought always to be estimated by the means used to acquire it.
      - [Fame]

The gallantry of the mind consists in agreeable flattery.
      - [Gallantry]

The generality of friends puts us out of conceit with friendship; just as the generality of religious people puts us out of conceit with religion.
      - [Friends]

The generality of men have, like plants, latent properties, which chance brings to light.
      - [Chance]

The good or the bad fortune of men depends not less upon their own dispositions than upon fortune.
      - [Fortune]

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
      - [Temper]

The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less upon their dispositions than their fortunes.
      - [Happiness]

The head is ever the dupe of the heart.
      - [Heart]

The health of the soul is as precarious as that of the body; for when we seem secure from passions, we are no less in danger of their infection than we are of falling ill when we appear to be well.
      - [Soul]

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
      - [Ability]

The intellect of the generality of women serves more to fortify their folly than their reason.
      - [Intellect]

The less you trust others, the less you will be deceived.
      - [Trust]

The love of glory, the fear of shame, the design of making a fortune, the desire of rendering life easy and agreeable, and the humor of pulling down other people, are often the causes of that valor so celebrated among men.
      - [Valor]

The man who has never been in danger cannot answer for his courage.
      - [Courage]

The man who leaves a woman best pleased with herself is the one whom she will soonest wish to see.
      - [Parting]

The mark of extraordinary merit is to see those most envious of it constrained to praise.
      - [Merit]

The most brilliant fortunes are often not worth the littleness required to gain them.
      - [Wealth]

The most dangerous weakness of old people who have been amiable is to forget they are no longer so.
      - [Age]

The most sure method of subjecting yourself to be deceived is to consider yourself more cunning than others.
      - [Cunning]

The most violent passions give some respite, but vanity always disturbs us.
      - [Vanity]

The ordinary employment of artifice is the mark of a petty mind; and it almost always happens that he who uses it to cover himself in one place uncovers himself in another.
      - [Artifice]

The praise we give to new comers into the world arises from the envy we bear to those who are established.
      - [Applause]

The reason for misreckoning in expected returns of gratitude is that the pride of the giver and receiver can never agree about the value of the obligation.
      - [Gratitude]

The refusal of praise is only the wish to be praised twice.
      - [Praise]

The secret of pleasing in conversation is not to explain too much everything; to say them half and leave a little for divination is a mark of the good opinion we have of others, and nothing flatters their self-love more.
      - [Conversation]


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