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476 Inspiring Quotes by Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Wikipedia Summary for François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (French: [fʁɑ̃swa d(ə) la ʁɔʃfuko]; 15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French moralist and author of maxims and memoirs. He is part of the literary movement of classicism and best known for his maxims. Although he only officially published his Memoirs and his Maxims, his literary production is dense.

Born in Paris in 1613, at a time when the royal court was vacillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished seventeenth century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac. His great-grandfather François III, count de La Rochefoucauld, was killed in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, being a Huguenot.

pink and white tulips on white surface

There are people who would never have been in love, had they never heard love spoken of.

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landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

Few are sufficiently wise to prefer censure which is useful to praise which is treacherous.

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green trees

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

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selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

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brown leaf tree facing the lake

He that would be a great man must learn to turn every accident to some advantage.

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silhouette of mountain

Commonplace minds usually condemn what is beyond the reach of their understanding.

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low-light photo of forest

Those only are despicable who fear to be despised.

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grassland landscape

Women can less easily surmount their coquetry than their passions.

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pink and white clouds

Everyone takes pleasure in returning small obligations, many people acknowledge moderate ones; but there are only a scarce few who do not pay great ones with ingratitude.

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sunset

The truest way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.

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worm's eye view of trees during night time

Eloquence: saying the proper thing and stopping.

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brown and white bird on tree branch

To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.

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brown mountain

If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.

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green trees in between gray concrete road

If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.

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brown sands

There are few occasions when we should make a bad bargain by giving up the good on condition that no ill was said of us.

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body of water during daytime

Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.

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snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

You are never so easily fooled as when trying to fool someone else.

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black dog photography

Nothing is so contagious as example.

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aerial photography of forest

Ability wins us the esteem of the true men; luck, that of the people.

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grayscale photo of rock formation

The man whom no one pleases is much more unhappy than the man who pleases no one.

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selective photography of green leaf plant

In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.

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black and white abstract illustration

Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them.

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dome tent with galaxy with stars

A gentleman may love like a lunatic, but not like a beast.

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multicolored abstract painting

The caprice of our temper is even more whimsical than that of Fortune.

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white textile in close up photography

Nothing ought in reason to mortify our self-satisfaction more that the considering that we condemn at one time what we highly approve and commend at another.

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tree and pink sky painting

Considering how little the beginning or the ceasing to love is in our own power, it is foolish and unreasonable for the lover or his mistress to complain of one another's inconstancy.

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time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Some good qualities are like the senses: Those who are entirely deprived of them can have no notion of them.

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sunset

The confidence which we have in ourselves give birth to much of that, which we have in others.

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sunset

We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.

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blue and white light digital wallpaper

However evil men may be they dare not be openly hostile to virtue, and so when they want to attack it they pretend to find it spurious , or impute crimes to it.

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palm trees covered with fog

When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.

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person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

The greatest miracle of love is the cure of coquetry.

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A view of the night showing stars

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.

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That which occasions so many mistakes in the computations of men, when they expect return for favors, is that the giver's pride and the receiver's cannot agree upon the value of the kindness done.

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lightning strike at night

A man is perhaps ungrateful, but often less chargeable with ingratitude than his benefactor is.

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person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Strength and weakness of mind are misnomers; they are really nothing but the good or bad health of our bodily organs.

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purple flowered hedge plants

The same strength of character which helps a man resist love, helps to make it more violent and lasting too. People of unsettled minds are always driven about with passions, but never absolutely filled with any.

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forest trees

The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.

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green grass field

Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.

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water droplets on green leaf

Truth does less good in the world than its appearances do harm.

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black and white giraffe on brown grass field

The tranquility or agitation of our temper does not depend so much on the big things which happen to us in life, as on the pleasant or unpleasant arrangements of the little things which happen daily.

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Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

We often select envenomed praise which, by a reaction upon those we praise, shows faults we could not have shown by other means.

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shoreline during golden hour

There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.

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gray surface

The most ingenious men continually pretend to condemn tricking -- but this is often done that they may use it more conveniently themselves, when some great occasion or interest offers itself to them.

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group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

Nothing is so catching as example.

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photo of fogs during nighttime

It takes more strength of character to withstand good fortune than bad.

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close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

We rarely ever perceive others as being sensible, except for those who agree with us.

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empty concrete road covered surrounded by tall tress with sun rays

We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.

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selective photography of green leaf plant

Not all who discharge their debts of gratitude should flatter themselves that they are grateful.

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purple-petaled flowers

For envy, like lightning, generally strikes at the top Or any point which sticks out from the ordinary level. LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura Our envy always outlives the felicity of its object.

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brown sand under blue sky during daytime

You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to find a woman who has had just one.

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green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones.

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time lapse photography body of water

When the heart is still disturbed by the relics of a passion it is proner to take up a new one than when wholly cured.

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stainless steel key on brown rod

Moderation is a fear of falling into that envy and contempt which those who grow giddy with their good fortune quite justly draw upon themselves. It is a vain boasting of the greatness of our mind.

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man and woman kissing

That which makes the vanity of others unbearable to us is that which wounds our own.

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seashore during golden hour

Love has its name borrowed by a great number of dealings and affairs that are attributed to it -- in which it has no greater part than the Doge in what is done at Venice.

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body of water

Most women lament not the death of their lovers so much out of real affection for them, as because they would appear worthy of love.

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green plants beside brown wooden door

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?

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red and yellow abstract painting

Numberless arts appear foolish whose secret motives are most wise and weighty.

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white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

The contempt of riches in the philosophers was a concealed desire of revenging on fortune the injustice done to their merit, by despising the good she denied them.

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brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

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long exposure photography of beach

Though confidence is very fine, and makes the future sunny; I want no confidence for mine, I'd rather have the money.

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silhouette of man looking towards left

Every one complains of a poor memory, no one of a weak judgment.

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person sitting on black surface looking to sky

Some people resemble ballads which are only sung for a certain time.

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sunset

No fools are so difficult to manage as those with some brains.

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depth photography of purple petaled flowers

Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady.

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closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.

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ocean wave in shallow focus lens

The blindness of men is the most dangerous effect of their pride; it seems to nourish and augment it; it deprives them of knowledge of remedies which can solace their miseries and can cure their faults.

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brown and gray brick wall

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.

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green background

Often we are firm from weakness, and audacious from timidity.

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green leafed tree on snowfield under white cloudy sky at daytime

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

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cluster of stars in the sky

We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.

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pink and blue painted wall

The greatest part of our faults are more excusable than the methods that are commonly taken to conceal them.

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brown humming bird flying in mid air

In growing old, we become more foolish -- and more wise.

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rock formation in body of water

Our repentances are generally not so much a concern and remorse for the harm we have done, as a fear of the harm we may have brought upon ourselves.

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green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils, but present evils triumph over it.

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None

It is a common fault never to be satisfied with our fortune, nor dissatisfied with our understanding.

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group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.

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None

Love of fame, fear of disgrace, schemes for advancement, desire to make life comfortable and pleasant, and the urge to humiliate others are often at the root of the valour men hold in such high esteem.

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four coffee cups on floor

The world is full of pots jeering at kettles.

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gray cactus plant on white pot

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

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blue sky and white clouds

Generally speaking, we would make a good bargain by renouncing all the good that people say of us, upon condition they would say no ill.

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pink and white light illustration

Nothing should lessen our satisfaction with ourselves as much as when we notice that we disapprove of something at one time that we approve of at another time.

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green ceramic mug beside book

We often credit ourselves with vices the reverse of what we have, thus when weak we boast of our obstinacy.

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Arizona landscape

Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.

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None

It is oftener by the estimation of our own feelings that we exaggerate the good qualities of others than by their merit, and when we praise them we wish to attract their praise.

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three person looking stars and milky way

The evil that we do does not attract to us so much persecution and hatred as our good qualities.

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silhouette of trees during sunset

Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.

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brown leaf tree facing the lake

We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.

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green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.

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yellow green leaf

We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.

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rainbow

The common foible of women who have been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so.

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blue and white striped textile

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

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leafless tree

There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.

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brown and red paint brushes

Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away.

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lights

One kind of flirtation is to boast we never flirt.

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blue and white abstract painting

Confidence always pleases those who receive it. It is a tribute we pay to their merit, a deposit we commit to their trust, a pledge that gives them a claim upon us, a kind of dependence to which we voluntarily submit.

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raindrops on clear window

All women seem by nature to be coquettes.

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yellow flower in green grass field

Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.

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grayscale photo of pug on floor

One may outwit another, but not all the others.

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forest with tall and green trees during daytime

Nothing is more ridiculous in old people that were once good-looking, than to forget that they are not so still.

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lake beside green pine trees

We are always bored by the very people by whom it is vital not to be bored.

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woman singing on stage

Politeness of mind consists in thinking chaste and refined thoughts.

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sunset forest

The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.

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woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Men frequently do good only to give themselves opportunity of doing ill with impunity.

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selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

Wit sometimes enables us to act rudely with impunity.

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forest and body of water

The violence done us by others is often less painful than that which we do to ourselves.

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girl leaning on wall during daytime

Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.

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rock formation surrounding by body of water

It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.

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group of people waving their hands

We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.

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boat on sea far away from island

We take less pains to be happy, than to appear so.

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man facing women near forest

We always like those who admire us.

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full moon in the sky

The passions are the only orators which always persuade.

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green trees under white sky during daytime

The most violent passions sometimes leave us at rest, but vanity agitates us constantly.

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person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

We frequently do good in order to enable us to do evil later with impunity exemption of punishment.

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sunset

Novelty is to love like bloom to fruit; it gives a luster which is easily effaced, but never returns.

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green trees under white sky during daytime

More men are guilty of treason through weakness than any studied design to betray.

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sunset

Silence is the best security to the man who distrusts himself.

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person standing on top of mountain

A man is sometimes better off deceived about the one he loves, than undeceived.

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orange moon during nighttime

The strongest symptom of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies.

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purple and green light digital wallpaper

The person giving the advice returns the confidence placed in him with a disinterested eagerness... and he is usually guided only by his own interest or reputation.

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foggy mountain summit

The only thing that should astonish us is that anything can yet astonish us.

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yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

Self-love is more cunning than the most cunning man in the world.

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green grass field with smoke

Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary by sense.

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four person standing beside wall

It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.

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yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

Constancy in love ... is only inconstancy confined to one object.

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couple sitting near trees during golden hour

There are fine things that are more brilliant when they are unfinished than when finished too much.

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brown and white bird on tree branch

Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.

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white clouds and blue sky

The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel than the severest treatment at the hands of one loved.

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blue rose in close up photography

Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.

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black and white abstract illustration

All our qualities, whether good or bad, are unstable and ambiguous, and almost all are at the mery of chance.

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photo of mountains

Sometimes we lose friends for whose loss our regret is greater than our grief, and others for whom our grief is greater than our regret.

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green leaf

The moderation of men in the most exalted fortunes is a desire to be thought above those things that have raised them so high.

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city lights from hill

The art of putting into play mediocre qualities often begets more reputation than is achieved by true merit.

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person walking on snowfield

Men would not live in society long if they were not each others dupes.

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couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Moderation in people who are contented comes from that calm that good fortune lends to their spirit.

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Arizona landscape rocks

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.

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white flowers

A small degree of wit, accompanied by good sense, is less tiresome in the long run than a great amount of wit without it.

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snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

It is most difficult to speak when we are ashamed of being silent.

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landscape photography of waves and clouds

Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of the consequences.

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green trees under white sky during daytime

If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.

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gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

We are lazier in our minds than in our bodies.

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gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.

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brown textile

Great and glorious events which dazzle the beholder are represented by politicians as the outcome of grand designs whereas they are usually products of temperaments and passions.

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black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Solemnity is a device of the body to hide the faults of the mind.

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two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness, indeed.

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person holding dried beans

The heart is forever making the head its fool.

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sunset

Ridicule dishonours more than dishonour.

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man riding on boat on body of water

We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.

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palm trees covered with fog

We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.

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brown mountain

Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true delicacy is solid refinement.

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group of people waving their hands

Hope, deceitful as it is, carries us through life agreeably enough.

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The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

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landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

The constancy of the wise is only the talent of concealing the agitation of their hearts.

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couple sitting near trees during golden hour

It is no tragedy to do ungrateful people favors, but it is unbearable to be indebted to a scoundrel.

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purple flowered hedge plants

It is difficult to define love; all we can say is, that in the soul it is a desire to rule, in the mind it is a sympathy, and in the body it is a hidden and delicate wish to possess what we love-Plus many mysteries.

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silhouette of tall trees

We love everything on our own account; we even follow our own taste and inclination when we prefer our friends to ourselves; and yet it is this preference alone that constitutes true and perfect friendship.

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yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

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man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.

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blue sky with white clouds

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.

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person holding dried beans

Hypocrisy is an homage that vice renders to virtue.

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sea during daytime

Self-love increases or diminishes for us the good qualities of our friends, in proportion to the satisfaction we feel with them; and we judge of their merit by the manner in which they act towards us.

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man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acpuire it.

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crack in wall

Some people are like popular songs that you only sing for a short time.

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woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

The wind which snuffs the candle fans the fire.

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woman carrying toddler on seashore

The mind is always the patsy of the heart.

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men running toward beach

The passions possess a certain injustice and self interest which makes it dangerous to follow them, and in reality we should distrust them even when they appear most trustworthy.

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aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.

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selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


time lapse photography body of water

There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

The daily employment of cunning marks a little mind, it generally happens that those who resort to it in one respect to protect themselves lay themselves open to attack in another.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

We cannot possibly imagine the variety of contradictions in every heart.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

None

We should not judge a man's merits by his great qualities, but by the use he makes of them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of off-road car

The height of ability in the least able consists in knowing how to submit to the good leadership of others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


grayscale photography of pug

Many young persons believe themselves natural when they are only impolite and coarse.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green ceramic mug beside book

Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer set bad examples.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

red rose illustration

We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Arizona landscape pines

Το know how to profit by good advice, requires nearly as much ability as to know how to act for one'self.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

clear wine glass with red wine

We are much mistaken if we think that men are always brave from a principle of valor, or women chaste from a principle of modesty.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


selective focus photography of sunflower

We always get bored with those whom we bore.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

grey cliff near body of water

Silence is the safest policy if you are unsure of yourself.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

time lapse photography body of water

What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


None

Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practice it, because the coquetry of some is restrained by fear or by reason.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

pink-petaled rose flower

The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Fortune and humor govern the world.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue sky with stars during night time

Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man standing on cliff under white sky

The truest comparison we can make of love is to liken it to a fever; we have no more power over the one than the other, either as to its violence or duration.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

red rose illustration

We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

grassland landscape

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue and white abstract painting

Men are often so foolish as to boast and value themselves upon their passions, even those that are most vicious. But envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that no one every ever had the confidence to own it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

None

Pride has a greater share than goodness in the reproofs we give other people for their faults; and we chide them not so much to make them mend those faults as to make them believe that we ourselves are without fault.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

photo of mountains

The breeding we give young people is ordinarily but an additional self-love, by which we make them have a better opinion of themselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man holding brown violin

We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


rock mountain during starry night

Sometimes in life situations develop that only the half-crazy can get out of.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

close shot of yellow flowers

A weak mind is the only defect out of our power to mend.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

woman standing on cliff

Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

pink petaled flower field

We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown leaf tree facing the lake

Flattery is a counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blooming yellow sunflower field

The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Nature has concealed at the bottom of our minds talents and abilities of which we are not aware.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

It is as commendable to think well of oneself when alone, as it is ridiculous to speak well of oneself among others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white clouds and blue sky

The courage of a great many men, and the virtue of a great many women, are the effect of vanity, shame, and especially a suitabletemperament.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

galaxy

Folly pursues us at all periods of our lives. If someone seems wise it is only because his follies are proportionate to his age and fortune.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

The whimsicalness of our own humor is a thousand times more fickle and unaccountable than what we blame so much in fortune.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Usually we praise only to be praised.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

adobe wall

The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

Old fools are greater fools than young ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

The reason we bitterly hate those who deceive us is because they think they are cleverer than we are.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow flower in green grass field

It is far better to be deceived than undeceived by those whom we tenderly love.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

gray hummingbird

Cunning and treachery proceed from want of capacity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green trees in between gray concrete road

The intellect of the generality of women serves more to fortify their folly than their reason.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

There are a great many simpletons who know themselves to be so, and who make a very cunning use of their own simplicity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green trees under blue sky at daytime

Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

What is called liberality is often merely the vanity of giving.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Arizona landscape rocks

A man for whom accident discovers sense, is not a rational being. A man only is so who understands, who distinguishes, who tests it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

Few things are needed to make a wise man happy; nothing can make a fool content; that is why most men are miserable.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

moon near mountain ridge

The constancy of sages is nothing but the art of locking up their agitation in their hearts.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man standing on cliff under white sky

What we take for virtue is often nothing but an assemblage of different actions, and of different interests, that fortune or our industry knows how to arrange.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Some reproaches praise; some praises reproach.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

Most people judge men by their success or their good fortune.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

water droplets on green leaf

When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

Criticism sometimes is really praise, and praise sometimes slander.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

purple flowers

Nothing is rarer than real goodness.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

shorebird on pier

We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue and white abstract painting

To establish yourself in the world a person must do all they can to appear already established.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Arizona landscape

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

purple flower on purple textile

Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Too great cleverness is but deceptive delicacy, true delicacy is the most substantial cleverness.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green trees under blue sky at daytime

Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

There are several remedies which will cure love, but there are no infallible ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green and white painted wall

If one acts rightly and honestly, it is difficult to decide whether it is the effect of integrity or skill.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

aerial view of foggy forest

We like to read others but we do not like to be read.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

galaxy wallpaper

If one judges love according to the greatest part of the effects it produces, it would appear to resemble rather hatred than kindness.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow and black striped background

If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

gray concrete surface

There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green ceramic mug beside book

Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

There is at least as much eloquence in the voice, eyes, and air of a speaker as in his choice of words.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

orange smoke on blue background

We often bore others when we think we cannot possibly bore them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white stars in the sky during night time

Smallness of mind is the cause of stubbornness, and we do not credit readily what is beyond our view.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

photography of starry sky

We speak little if not egged on by vanity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Those who are themselves incapable of great crimes are ever backward to suspect others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

bonfire at night

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

red rose illustration

Some men are like ballads, that are in everyone's mouth a little while.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

A fashionable woman is always in love -- with herself.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

full moon during day

Gravity is a mysterious carriage of the body invented to cover the defects of the mind.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

road during night time

We do not lack strength so much as the will to use it; and very often our imagining that things are impossible is nothing but an excuse of our own contriving, to reconcile ourselves to our own idleness.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


toddlers standing outdoors

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

Esteem never makes ingrates.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Taste may change, but inclination never.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Arizona landscape pines

The temperament that produces a talent for little things is the opposite of that required for great ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

girl and boy figurines

Passions often produce their contraries: avarice sometimes leads to prodigality, and prodigality to avarice; we are often obstinate through weakness and daring through timidity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

starry night in Texas

Spiritual health is no more stable than bodily; and though we may seem unaffected by the passions we are just as liable to be carried away by them as to fall ill when in good health.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

pink and blue sky with moon

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green leaf in close up photography

The soul's maladies have their relapses like the body's. What we take for a cure is often just a momentary rally or a new form of the disease.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

moon near mountain ridge

A good woman is a hidden treasure; who discovers her will do well not to boast about it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

starry night over butte

True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset highway

There is a sort of love whose very excessiveness prevents the lover's being jealous.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

assorted-colored cactus

Men are inconsolable concerning the treachery of their friends or the deceptions of their enemies; and yet they are often very highly satisfied to be both deceived and betrayed by their own selves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown and gray floral textile

The esteem of good men is the reward of our worth, but the reputation of the world in general is the gift of our fate.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white shore under sunny sky

To awaken a man who is deceived as to his own merit is to do him as bad a turn as that done to the Athenian madman who was happy in believing that all the ships touching at the port belonged to him.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

There are few people who would not be ashamed of being loved when they love no longer.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white snow mountain

Plenty of people want to be pious, but no one yearns to be humble.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

A clever man reaps some benefit from the worst catastrophe, and a fool can turn even good luck to his disadvantage.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

body of water during daytime

Raillery is more insupportable than wrong; because we have a right to resent injuries, but are ridiculous in being angry at a jest.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

red rose

Gratitude is like the good faith of traders: it maintains commerce, and we often pay, not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we may more readily find people to trust us.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown sands

Some disguised deceits counterfeit truth so perfectly that not to be taken in by them would be an error of judgment.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of mountain

Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everthing which is beyond their range.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

purple and white clouds during night time

However much we may distrust men's sincerity, we always believe they speak to us more sincerely than to others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue and white striped textile

When we exaggerate our friends' tenderness towards us, it is often less from gratitude than from a desire to exhibit our own virtue.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white and blue floral textile

If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


blue and white abstract painting

No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

four handheld gardening tools on rack

The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

Avarice is more opposite to economy than liberality.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Sometimes there are accidents in our lives the skillful extrication from which demands a little folly.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

flying blue and green hummingbird

There are few good women who do not tire of their role.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white brick wall planning

We should manage our fortune as we do our health -- enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

boy and cat in front of moon

We often do shallow good in order to accomplish evil with impunity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

forest and body of water

The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

photo of giraffe

Friendship is only a reciprocal conciliation of interests, and an exchange of good offices; it is a species of commerce out of which self-love always expects to gain something.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green and black hummingbird

Almost everyone takes pleasure in repaying trifling obligations, very many feel gratitude for those that are moderate; but there is scarcely anyone who is not ungrateful for those that are weighty.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow flower in green grass field

If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

body of water under clear blue sky painting

All the passions are nothing else than different degrees of heat and cold of the blood.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Arizona landscape

Prudence and love are inconsistent; in proportion as the last increases, the other decreases.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white and purple flower in macro shot

There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

red yellow and blue paint

No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

clear wine glass with red wine

As it is the mark of great minds to say many things in a few words, so it is that of little minds to use many words to say nothing.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green plants near body of water during daytime

Silence is the best tactic for he who distrusts himself.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

low-angle photo of white daisy

When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

There are some good marriages, but practically no delightful ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green ceramic mug beside book

We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunflower field during daytime

Great names abase, instead of elevating, those who do not know how to bear them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

aerial view of foggy forest

We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

long exposure photography of lights

To understand matters rightly we should understand their details; and as that knowledge is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

The only thing constant in life is change.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

high-angle photography of beach side

Instead of considering that the worst way to persuade or please others is to try thus strongly to please ourselves, and that to listen well and to answer well are some of the greatest charms we can have in conversation.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

purple flower in tilt shift lens

The intellect is always fooled by the heart.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

trees on forest with sun rays

Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue sky with stars during night time

We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

There are people who, like new songs, are in vogue only for a time.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue ocean

Envy is destroyed by true friendship, as coquetry by true love.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

dew drops on glass panel

Very few people are acquainted with death. They undergo it, commonly, not so much out of resolution as custom and insensitivity; and most men die because they cannot help it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man in cowboy hat sitting in bleachers

Tricks and treachery are merely proofs of lack of skill.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

boy and cat in front of moon

A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhoutte of mountains during sunset

One forgives to the degree that one loves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Gratitude is a useless word. You will find it in a dictionary but not in life.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue and black abstract painting

Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset with rainbow

Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white and blue building under clear sky

On why I don't trust democracy without extremely powerful systems of accountability and recall What seems to be generosity is often only disguised ambition -- which despises small interests to gain great ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

leafless tree under gray sky

Though most of the friendships of the world ill deserve the name of friendships; yet a man may make use of them on occasion, as of a traffic whose returns are uncertain, and in which 'tis usual to be cheated.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

multicolored abstract painting

What renders other people's vanity insufferable is that it wounds our own.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

None

We acknowledge our faults in order to repair by our sincerity the damage they have done us in the eyes of others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green leafed trees

People would never fall in love if they hadn't heard love talked about.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black pug puppy lying on gray bed

Nothing is rarer than true good nature; they who are reputed to have it are generally only pliant or weak.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

None

To be a great man it is necessary to know how to profit by the whole of our good fortune.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette photography of trees and sky

The mark of extraordinary merit is to see those most envious of it constrained to praise.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

aerial photography of beach

We arrive at the various stages of life quite as novices.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

Virtue is to the soul what health is tot he body.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person holding white book

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green ceramic mug beside book

The ambitious deceive themselves in proposing an end to their ambition; that end, when attained, becomes a means.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow sunflowers

The intention of cheating no one lays us open to being cheated ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue and white abstract painting

Those who most obstinately oppose the most widely-held opinions more often do so because of pride than lack of intelligence. They find the best places in the right set already taken, and they do not want back seats.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

people raises hands

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow flower field under clear sky

Whatever pretext we may give for our affections, often it is only interest and vanity which cause them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

woman standing on beachfront

How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green trees under white sky during daytime

Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black bare tree under blue sky

Youth is a continual intoxication; it is the fever of reason.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue and white striped textile

Truth does not do as much good in the world as its imitations do harm.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

There are few women whose charm survives their beauty.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

lightning strike at night

It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

photography of starry sky

Our distrust of another justifies his deceit.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown chopped logs

It is as easy to unknowingly deceive yourself as it is to deceive others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of mountain

Fortune makes our virtues and vices visible, just as light does the objects of sight.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

Fortune never appears so blind as to those to whom she does no good.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown and gray mountains during daytime

It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Sometimes there is equal or more ability in knowing how to use good advice than there is in giving it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


Arizona landscape pines

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white rose enclosed photograph

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.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

lights pattern swirls

There is scarcely any man sufficiently clever to appreciate all the evil he does.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset hgihway

A respectable man may love madly, but not foolishly.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

two gold-colored skeleton keys

Simplicity is a delicate imposition.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green water in close up photography

There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silver round analog wall clock

Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of tree during sunset

The thing that makes our friendships so short and changeable is that the qualities and dispositions of the soul are very hard to know, and those of the understanding and wit very easy.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person holding white book

The extreme pleasure we take in speaking of ourselves should make us apprehensive that it gives hardly any to those who listen to us.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

gray building

Pity is often a reflection of our own evils in the ills of others. It is a delicate foresight of the troubles into which we may fall.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

pink rose in close up photography

Jealousy is nothing more than a fear of abandonment.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green trees beside body of water during daytime

Tis more dishonourable to distrust a friend than to be deceived by him.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

The reason we do not let our friends see the very bottom of our hearts is not so much distrust of them as distrust of ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

full moon during day

Humility is the altar upon which God wishes that we should offer Him His sacrifices.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue sky

In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of stones during golden hour

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

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

Good taste comes more from the judgment than from the mind.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of off-road car

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green and white painted wall

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

The best way to rise in society is to use all possible means of persuading people that one has already risen in society.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black mountain under blue sky during night time

We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

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However wicked men may be, they do not dare openly to appear the enemies of virtue, and when they desire to persecute her they either pretend to believe her false or attribute crimes to her.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black wooden louver door window

Pride indemnifies itself and loses nothing even when it casts away vanity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

None

Jealousy is in some measure just and reasonable, since it merely aims at keeping something that belongs to us or we think belongsto us, whereas envy is a frenzy that cannot bear anything that belongs to others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

snowy mountain

Perseverance is neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy; for it seems to be only the enduring of certain inclinations and opinions which men neither give themselves nor take away from themselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

rock mountain during starry night

Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

None

The fondness or indifference that the philosophers expressed for life was merely a preference inspired by their self-love, and will no more bear reasoning upon than the relish of the palate or the choice of colors.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


forest near mountain alps

To know oneself is not necessarily to improve oneself.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

photo of fogs during nighttime

The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white textile on brown textile

We judge so superficially of things, that common words and actions spoke and done in an agreeable manner, with some knowledge of what passes in the world, often succeed beyond the greatest ability.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

It is harder to hide the feelings we have than to feign the ones we do not have.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset dirt road

We are never so generous as when giving advice.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white and blue ice on water

A man of understanding finds less difficulty in submitting to a wrong-headed fellow, than in attempting to set him right.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

Weak people cannot be sincere.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of children's running on hill

To boast that one never flirts is actually a kind of flirtation.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black and white bird on seashore

The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody has sought after them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown wooden pathway in the middle of green trees

One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

fireplace on fire

Women do not know all their powers of flirtation.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

There are reproaches which praise, and praises which defame.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset grasslands

In order to succeed in the world people do their upmost to appear successful.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

The only good copies are those which make us see the absurdity of bad originals.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

full moon during day

Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

It is much better to learn to deal with the ills we have now than to speculate on those that may befall us.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green water in close up photography

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.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

cloudy sky

Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green water in close up photography

We are inconsolable at being deceived by our enemies and being betrayed by our friends, yet we are often content in be being treated like that by our own selves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

people walking on hallway

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


white and blue ice on water

Nothing ought more to humiliate men who have merited great praise than the care they still take to boast of little things.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

We often make use of envenomed praise, that reveals on the rebound, as it were, defects in those praised which we dare not exposeany other way.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

There are no accidents so unlucky but the prudent may draw some advantage from them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

high-angle photography of beach side

We may say of agreeableness, as distinct from beauty, that it consists in a symmetry of which we know not the rules, and a secret conformity of the features to each other, as also to the air and complexion of the person.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


man raising arms between greenfield

The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

white and blue sky during daytime

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.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow flower in green grass field

Vanity, shame, and above all disposition, often make men brave and women chaste.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person holding gray leaf

It is easy to be wise on behalf of others than to be so for ourselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

shallow focus photography of books

Beautiful coquettes are quacks of love.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

mountains covered with fog

The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

black bird flying on white background

Truth has scarce done so much good in the world as the false appearances of it have done hurt.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

two women walking on bridge during daytime

Sobriety is concern for one's health -- or limited capacity.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Weakness is the only fault that is incorrigible.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

A man's worth has its season, like fruit.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sunset

It is a species of coquetry to make a parade of never practising it.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

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Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

desert grassland

We bear, all of us, the misfortunes of other people with heroic constancy.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of mountains during starry night

Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

grayscale photography of elephant

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)


forest trees photograph

One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Bright orange to dark red gradient

In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

There are persons whose only merit consists in saying and doing stupid things at the right time, and who ruin all if they change their manners.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

yellow background

A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

silhouette of kneeling man

Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

green trees in between gray concrete road

A clever man should handle his interests so that each will fall in suitable order of their value.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Arizona landscape rocks

Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

three person looking stars and milky way

The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

brown and white dog in close-up photography

What is perfectly true is perfectly witty.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

blue sky and white clouds

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.

--François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

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