François de La Rochefoucauld

François de La Rochefoucauld
Paris
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François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac (15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680) was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. The view of human conduct his writings describe has been summed up by the words "everything is reducible to the motive of self-interest", though the term "gently cynical" has also been applied. Born in Paris ...
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11 November 2014
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
11 November 2014
Gravity is a kind of mystical behavior in the body, invented to conceal the defects of the mind.
11 November 2014
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity.
11 November 2014
Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so.
11 November 2014
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.

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