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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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We try to make a virtue of vices we are loth to correct.
      - [Vice]

We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives whcih producted them.
      - [Action]

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not to talk of ourselves at all.
      - [Egotism]

Weak persons cannot be sincere.
      - [Sincerity]

Weakness is more opposed to virtue than is vice.
      - [Weakness]

Weakness is the only fault that is incorrigible.
      - [Weakness]

Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
      - [Character]

Were we perfectly acquainted with the object, we should never passionately desire it.
      - [Delusion]

Were we to take as much pains to be what we ought to be as we do to disguise what we really are, we might appear like ourselves without being at the trouble of any disguise at all.
      - [Disguise]

What causes such a miscalculation in the amount of gratitude which men expect for the favors they have done, is, that the pride of the giver and that of the receiver can never agree as to the value of the benefit.
      - [Gratitude]

What is commonly called friendship is no more than a partnership; a reciprocal regard for one another's interests, and an exchange of good offices; in a word, a mere traffic, wherein self-love always proposes to be a gainer.
      - [Friendship]

What makes false reckoning, as regards gratitude, is that the pride of the giver and the receiver cannot agree as to the value of the benefit.
      - [Acknowledgements]

What often prevents our abandoning ourselves to a single vice is, our having more than one.
      - [Vice]

What seems generosity is often disguised ambition, that despises small to run after greater interests.
      - [Generosity]

What we take for virtues is often nothing but an assemblage of different actions, and of different interests, that fortune or our industry know how to arrange; and it is not always from valor and from chastity that men are valiant, and that women are chaste.
      - [Virtue]

Whatever difference may appear in the fortunes. of mankind, there is, nevertheless, a certain compensation of good and evil which makes them equal.
      - [Compensation]

Whatever discoveries we may have made in the regions of self-love, there still remain many unknown lands.
      - [Self-love]

Whatever disgrace we may have deserved, it is almost always in our power to re-establish our character.
      - [Disgrace]

Whatever distrust we may have of the sincerity of those who converse with us, we always believe they will tell us more truth than they do to others.
      - [Confidence]

When a man seems to be wise, it is merely that his follies are proportionate to his age and fortune.
      - [Wisdom]

When our hatred is too keen it places us beneath those we hate.
      - [Hatred]

When our vices quit us, we flatter ourselves with the belief that it is we who quit them.
      - [Delusion : Vice]

When the heart is still agitated by the remains of a passion, we are more ready to receive a new one than when we are entirely cured.
      - [Heart]

When we exaggerate the tenderness of our friends towards us, it is often less from gratitude than from a desire to exhibit our own merit.
      - [Friends]

Who lives without folly is not so wise as be thinks.
      - [Folly]


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