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  • 61.
    If vanity does not quite overturn our virtues, yet at least it makes them all totter.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 387 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 62.
    Moral severity in women is only a dress or paint which they use to set off their beauty.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 205 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 63.
    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, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 31 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 64.
    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, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York ((c. 1930)). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 70 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 65.
    Most men have like plants hidden properties, which chance discloses.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 344 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 66.
    We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 388 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 67.
    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, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 235 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 68.
    The judgments our enemies make about us come nearer to the truth than those we make about ourselves.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 458 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 69.
    Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 226 (1678).
  • 70.
    When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 348 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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