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François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.

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When not prompted by vanity, we say little.

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Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

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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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There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world.

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How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves.

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True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.

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Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them.

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There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.

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Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

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There goes another beautiful theory about to be murdered by a brutal gang of facts.

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One is never so happy or so unhappy as one thinks.

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Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.

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Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

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We work so consistently to disguise ourselves to others that we end by being disguised to ourselves.

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We always love those who admire us we do not always love those whom we admire.

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If we had no faults ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in remarking them in others.

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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

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Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.

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The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being born without envy.

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Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

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The fame of great men ought always to be estimated by the means used to acquire it.

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No accident so grave but that the clever man can turn it to some good no luck so great but that the fool can twist it to his hurt.

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

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