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Francois de La Rochefoucauld
September 15, 1613 - March 17, 1680
Nationality: French
Category: Writer
Subcategory: French Writer

The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.


The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.


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.


It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.


What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.


A man's worth has its season, like fruit.


Taste may change, but inclination never.


If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.


We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.


In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.


We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.


Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.


True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.


People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.


Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so.


If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.


The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity.


Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.


There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.


However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

    Topics: Friendship

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