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Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS

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  • 21.
    When our hatred is too fierce, it places us beneath those we hate.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 338 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 22.
    It seems that nature, having taken such wise care to fit the organs of our body for our happiness and convenience, gave us also pride, to spare us the pain of knowing our own imperfections.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 37 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 23.
    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, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 166 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 24.
    It is with true love as with ghosts and apparitions: every one talks of it, and scarcely any one has seen 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. 77 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 25.
    Whatever pretended causes we may blame our afflictions upon, it is often nothing but self-interest and vanity that produce 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. 233 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 26.
    Every one complains of a poor memory, no one of a weak judgment.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 90 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 27.
    The exceeding delight we take in talking about ourselves should give us cause to fear that we are giving but very little pleasure to our listeners.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 314 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 28.
    It is with an old love as it is with old age—a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 430 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 29.
    The whimsicalness of our own humor is a thousand times more fickle and unaccountable than what we blame so much in fortune.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 46 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 30.
    Self-love is the greatest flatterer in the world.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 3 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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