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 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “The loftiness of understanding embraces all. It requires as much spirit to suffer the failings of others as it does to appreciate their good qualities.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “One factor that makes it rare for us to find so few people who can carry on an agreeable and rational conversation is that there are practically no people who do not think first of all about what they want to say, rather than responding precisely to what others are saying to them. The politest people are content merely to show an attentive mien, while all the time we see that their eyes and their minds are wandering, and that they are in a rush to return to what they want to say. They should consider that this insistent search for self-satisfaction is a poor way of giving pleasure, and that it is a greater accomplishment to listen well and reply justly than to speak well and often without responding to what others are saying to us.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “It is vain and useless to survey everything that goes on in the world if our study does not help us mend our ways.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Good results are sometimes owing to a failure of judgment, because the faculty of judgment often hinders us from undertaking many things which would succeed if carried through without thinking.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “We think highly of men when we do not know the extent of their capabilities, for we always suppose that more exists when we only see half.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “If we took as much trouble to be what we should be as we take to deceive others by disguising what we are, we could appear as we really are without having the trouble of disguising ourselves.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “To know how to unveil the inner workings of others, and how to hide one's own, is the great mark of the superior intellect.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “It is better that great peoples should seek out glory, or even vanity, in their deeds, than that they should remain indifferent . For even if they are not incited to act upon virtuous principles, at least there is the saving grace that they will do things they might not have done had not vanity prompted their actions.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “This imperiousness which aids us in all things is merely a fitting authority which comes from superior spirit.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “There is a certain imperiousness, in the manner of speaking and in actions, which makes itself felt everywhere, and soon wins attention and respect. This commanding quality is useful in all affairs, and even for obtaining what we ask for.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “We prefer people who are trying to imitate us more than those who are trying to equal us. This is because imitation is a sign of esteem, but the desire to equal others is a sign of envy.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Ignorance makes for weakness and fear knowledge gives strength and confidence. Nothing surprises an intellect that knows all things with a sense of discrimination.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Honest and sincere acts mislead the wicked and cause them to lose their path to their own goals, because mean-spirited people usually believe that people never act without deceit.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “There is a certain hidden mediocrity in those who are stationed above us in life, an ability to take liberties in their pursuit of pleasures and diversions, without injuring the honor and respect we owe to them.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “It is sometimes useful to pretend we are deceived, because when we show a deceiving man that we see through his artifices, we only encourage him to increase his deceptions.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “True merit does not depend on the times or on fashion. Those who have no other advantage than courtly manners lose it when they are away from court. But good sense, knowledge, and wisdom make their possessors knowledgeable and beloved in all ages and in all times.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Often our good deeds make enemies for us, and the ungrateful person despises us on two counts for he is not only unwilling to acknowledge the gratitude he owes us he does not want to have his benefactor as witness to his thankless behavior.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Although most friendships that exist do not merit the name, we can nevertheless make use of them in accordance with our needs, as a kind of commercial venture based on uncertain foundations and in which we are very often deceived.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Social intercourse, even friendship among most people, is a merely a business arrangement that lasts only so long as there is need.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “We need not regard what good a friend has done us, but only his desire to do us good.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “Although we should not love our friends for the good that they do us, it is a sign that they do not love us much if they do not do us good when they have the power to do so.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “It is a very common failing, never to be pleased with our fortune nor displeased with our character.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “The foolish acts of others ought to serve more as a lesson to us than an occasion to laugh at those who commit them.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “We must accustom ourselves to the follies of others and not be astonished at the foolishness that takes place in our presence.”
 Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé - “There is nothing that does not have something perfect in it and it is the happiness of good taste to be able to find this perfection in all things. But there is a natural malignity that often discovers a vice in the midst of several virtues, in order to reveal and proclaim the discovery to all the world a quality that is more the mark of a naturally evil temperament than a superior sense of discrimination. And it is truly an evil lot, to pass one's life always feeding off the imperfections of others.”

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