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True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
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Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
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Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
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We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.
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If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
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To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
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There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
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Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
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We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
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Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
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Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
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The passions are the only orators that always persuade: they are, as it were, a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.
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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
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True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
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A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
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When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
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There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
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Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so.
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Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.
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There are no accidents so unlucky from which clever people are not able to reap some advantage, and none so lucky that the foolish are not able to turn them to their own disadvantage.
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It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness. Those who appear gentle are, in general, only a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.
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If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.
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The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
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To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
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Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.
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Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
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No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
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There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
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People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
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Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.
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Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others.
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Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
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Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
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We pardon to the extent that we love. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
We pardon to the extent that we love.
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The strongest symptom of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes
The strongest symptom of wisdom in man is his being sensible of his own follies.
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Sometimes accidents happen in life from which we have need of a little madness to extricate ourselves successfully
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The only thing constant in life is change
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To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
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Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.
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Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
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We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
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The man who leaves a woman best pleased with herself is the one whom she will soonest wish to see.
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Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
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Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
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We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
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Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.
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Whatever ignominy or disgrace we have incurred, it is almost always in our power to reestablish our reputation.
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There is a kind of love, the excess of which forbids jealousy.
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It is no tragedy to do ungrateful people favors, but it is unbearable to be indebted to a scoundrel.
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The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
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Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true delicacy is solid refinement.
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Humility is often only feigned submission which people use to render others submissive. It is a subterfuge of pride which lowers itself in order to rise.
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If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
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It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by cunning men.
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The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again.
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When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.
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One forgives to the degree that one loves.
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No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
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The violence we do to ourselves in order to remain faithful to the one we love is hardly better than an act of infidelity.
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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.
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It is a common fault never to be satisfied with our fortune, nor dissatisfied with our understanding.
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Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
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The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.
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Our minds are lazier than our bodies.
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Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
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We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
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Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
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It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
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It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.
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Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
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Time's chariot-wheels make their carriage-road in the fairest face.
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Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.
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Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.
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What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
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Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
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The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
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