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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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Those great actions whose luster dazzles us are represented by politicians as the effects of deep design; whereas they are commonly the effects of caprice and passion.
      - [Glory]

Those only are despicable who fear to be despised.
      - [Contempt]

Those who are overreached by our cunning are far from appearing to us as ridiculous as we appear to ourselves when the cunning of others has overreached us.
      - [Cunning]

Those who are themselves incapable of great crimes are ever backward to suspect others.
      - [Crime]

Those who bestow too much application on trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.
      - [Trifles]

Those whom the world has delighted to honor have oftener been influenced in their doings by ambition and vanity than by patriotism.
      - [Heroism]

Time's chariot-wheels make their carriage-road in the fairest face.
      - [Age]

To be a great man it is necessary to turn to account all opportunities.
      - [Opportunity]

To be deceived by our enemies and betrayed by our friends is not to be borne; yet are we often content to be served so by ourselves.
      - [Credulity]

To praise great actions with sincerity may be said to be taking part in them.
      - [Appreciation]

Truth is the foundation and the reason of the perfection of beauty, for of whatever stature a thing may be, it cannot be beautiful-and perfect, unless it be truly what it should be, and possess truly all that it should have.
      - [Beauty]

Virtue would not go far, if vanity did not keep it company.
      - [Vanity]

We acknowledge that we should not talk of our wives; but we seem not to know that we should talk still less of ourselves.
      - [Tattling]

We are almost always wearied in the company of persons with whom we are not permitted to be weary.
      - [Bores]

We are always much better pleased to see those whom we have obliged than those who have obliged us.
      - [Obligation]

We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those we affect to have.
      - [Affectation]

We are not fond of praising, and never praise any one except from interested motives. Praise is a clever, concealed, and delicate flattery, which gratifies in different ways the giver and the receiver. The one takes it as a recompense of his merit, and the other bestows it to display his equity and discernment.
      - [Praise]

We are often more agreeable through our faults than through our good qualities.
      - [Faults]

We are so accustomed to masquerade ourselves before others that we end by deceiving ourselves.
      - [Deceit]

We are so much accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that at length we disguise ourselves to ourselves.
      - [Dissimulation]

We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
      - [Character]

We become so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that at last we are disguised to ourselves.
      - [Disguise]

We can be more clever than one, but not more clever than all.
      - [Cleverness]

We easily forget those faults which are known only to ourselves.
      - [Faults]

We frequently pass from love to ambition, but one seldom returns from ambition to love.
      - [Ambition]


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