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

Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.


Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.


There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.


If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.


Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.


We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.


Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them.


Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.


The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.


It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.


When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.


Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.


We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.


It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.


We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.


Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.


People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.


We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.


That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least urging of self-interest.


There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.


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