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Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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To understand matters rightly we should understand their details; and as that knowledge is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils, but present evils triumph over it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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It is most difficult to speak when we are ashamed of being silent. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Ideas often flash across our minds more complete than we could make them after much labor. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Confidence in conversation has a greater share than wit. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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All women seem by nature to be coquettes. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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There are certain people fated to be fools; they not only commit follies by choice, but are even constrained to do so by fortune. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Female gossips are generally actuated by active ignorance. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The intellect of the generality of women serves more to fortify their folly than their reason. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The health of the soul is as precarious as that of the body; for when we seem secure from passions, we are no less in danger of their infection than we are of falling ill when we appear to be well. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The less you trust others, the less you will be deceived. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Women can less easily surmount their coquetry than their passions. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Moral severity in women is only a dress or paint which they use to set off their beauty. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Self-love makes our friends appear more or less deserving in proportion to the delight we take in them, and the measures by whichwe judge of their worth depend upon the manner of their conversing with us. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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It is necessary, in order to know things well, to know the particulars of them; and these, being infinite, make our knowledge eversuperficial and imperfect. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Nothing is more contagious than example, and no man does any exceeding good or exceeding ill but it spawns new deeds of the same kind. The good we imitate through emulation, the ill through the malignity of our nature, which shame keeps locked up, but example sets free. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Humility is often only the putting on of a submissiveness by which men hope to bring other people to submit to them; it is a morecalculated sort of pride, which debases itself with a design of being exalted; and though this vice transform itself into a thousand several shapes, yet the disguise is never more effectual nor more capable of deceiving the world than when concealed under a form of humility. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The older a fool is, the worse he is. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Men frequently do good only to give themselves opportunity of doing ill with impunity. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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One man may be more cunning than another, but no one can be more cunning than all the world. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.... Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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It is as commendable to think well of oneself when alone, as it is ridiculous to speak well of oneself among others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Ability wins us the esteem of the true men: luck that of the people. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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We need not be much concerned about those faults which we have the courage to own. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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It is as easy to deceive one's self without perceiving it as it is difficult to deceive others without their finding it out. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Men would not live long in society, were they not the mutual dupes of each other. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Truth does not do so much good in the world, as the appearance of it does evil. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Minds of moderate calibre ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Jealousy lives upon distrust, becomes madness, or ceases entirely when we pass from doubt to certainty. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a worrisome malady. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The man who has never been in danger cannot answer for his courage. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The hell of women is old age. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Not to love is in love an infallible means of being loved. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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People always complain about their memories, never about their minds. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The passions are the only orators which always persuade. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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It is more often from pride than from defective understanding that people oppose established opinions: they find the best places taken in the good party and are reluctant to accept inferior ones. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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There is merit without rank, but there is no rank without some merit. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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However much we may distrust men's sincerity, we always believe they speak to us more sincerely than to others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by chance but he who knows it and can judge it and has a true taste for it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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There are fine things that are more brilliant when they are unfinished than when finished too much. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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We frequently do good in order to enable us to do evil later with impunity exemption of punishment. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The simplest man with passion will be more persuasive than the most eloquent without. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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It is pointless for a woman to be young unless pretty, or to be pretty unless young. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one - as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Jealousy is nothing more than a fear of abandonment Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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What causes us to like new acquaintances is not so much weariness of our old ones, or the pleasure of change, as disgust at not being sufficiently admired by those who know us too well, and the hope of being admired more by those who do not know so much about us. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Too great an eagerness to discharge an obligation is a species of ingratitude. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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We credit scarcely any persons with good sense except those who are of our opinion. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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The qualities we have do not make us so ridiculous as those which we affect. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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We exaggerate the glory of some men in order to detract from that of others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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