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FRANCOIS DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
French philanthropist and social reformer
(1613 - 1680)
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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
      - Maxims (no. 152) [Praise]

It is never so difficult to speak as when we are ashamed of our silence.
      - Maxims (no. 178) [Speech]

The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers.
      - Maxims (no. 18) [Moderation]

There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
      - Maxims (no. 194) [Heroes]

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.
      - Maxims (no. 195) [Vice]

Some people resemble ballads which are only sung for a certain time.
      - Maxims (no. 220) [Ballads]

Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some is restrained by fear or by reason.
      - Maxims (no. 252) [Coquetry]

Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a worrisome malady.
      - Maxims (no. 285) [Health]

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
      - Maxims (no. 3) [Self-love]

In jealousy there is more self-love than love.
      - Maxims (no. 334) [Jealousy]

Women know not the whole of their coquetry.
      - Maxims (no. 342) [Coquetry]

The greatest miracle of love is the cure of coquetry.
      - Maxims (no. 359) [Coquetry]

We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
      - Maxims (no. 39) [Promises]

A man does not please long when he has only species of wit.
      - Maxims (no. 438) [Wit]

Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.
      - Maxims (no. 508) [Satire]

A small degree of wit, accompanied by good sense, is less tiresome in the long run than a great amount of wit without it.
      - Maxims (no. 529) [Wit]

The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.
      - Maxims (no. 9) [Oratory]

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves.
      - Maxims (no. 90) [Secrecy]

The pleasure of love is in loving. We are happier in the passion we feel than in what we excite.
      - Maxims 78 [Love]

There is as much eloquence in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the air of a speaker as in his choice of words.
      - Maxims and Moral Sentences (no. 261)
        [Eloquence]

True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.
      - Maxims and Moral Sentences (no. 262)
        [Eloquence]

We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
  [Fr., On ne peut repondre de son courage quand on n'a jamais ete dans le peril.]
      - Premier Supplement (42) [Courage]

The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
  [Fr., La confiance que l'on a en soi fait naitre la plus grande partie de celle que l'on a aux authres.]
      - Premier Supplement (49) [Confidence]

All the passions are nothing else than different degrees of heat and cold of the blood.
  [Fr., Toutes les passions ne sout autre chose que les divers degres de la chaleur et de la froideur du sang.]
      - Premier Supplement (VIII) [Passion]

Badness of memory every one complains of, but nobody of the want of judgment.
      - Reflections and Moral Maxims (no. 463)
        [Memory]


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