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François de La Rochefoucauld

Top 10 Best Quotes

“If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.”

“A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.”

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

“Almost always we are bored by people to whom we ourselves are boring.”

“A weakling is incapable of sincerity.”

“321.—We are nearer loving those who hate us, than those who love us more than we desire.”

“Perfect valour is to do without witnesses what one would do before all the world.”

“Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.”

“87.—Men would not live long in society were they not the dupes of each other. [A maxim, adds Aimé Martin, "Which may enter into the code of a vulgar rogue, but one is astonished to find it in a moral treatise." Yet we have scriptural authority for it: "Deceiving and being deceived."—2 TIM. iii. 13.]”

“What we term virtue is often but a mass of various actions and diverse interests, which fortune, or our own industry, manage to arrange; and it is not always from valor or from chastity that men are brave, and women chaste.”

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