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Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS

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  • 11.
    To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. no. 56 of First Supplement (1678). Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 208, ed. (1665).
  • 12.
    Young women that would not be thought coquettish, and old men that would not be ridiculous, should never talk of love, as if they had any concern in it.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 418 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 13.
    Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate—and unfortunate—in being cured of them.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 488 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 14.
    The cunningest dissimulation is when a man pretends to be caught in the traps others set for him; and a man is never so easily over-reached as when he is contriving to over-reach others.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 118 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 15.
    Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 58 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 16.
    Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 165 (1678).

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  • 17.
    We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 327 (1678).

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  • 18.
    Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 310 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 19.
    We pardon to the extent that we love.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 330 (1678).

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  • 20.
    Things often offer themselves to our mind in a more finished form in the very first thought, than we might have made them by much art and study.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 102 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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