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Quotations by author » François de la Rochefoucauld
French classical author, leading exponent of the Maxime, 1613-1680
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A certain harmony should be kept between actions and ideas if we desire to estimate the effects that they produce.
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A clever man ought to so regulate his interests that each will fall in due order. Our greediness so often troubles us, making us run after so many things at the same time, that while we too eagerly look after the least we miss the greatest.
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A contract says that it is a legal document. It says that you put your name on it, and it says that there is enforcement if you don't do it.
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A fool has not stuff in him to be good.
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A gentleman may love like a lunatic, but not like a beast.
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A good example is often given by someone who is too old to give a bad example
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A little wit with good sense bores less in the long run than much wit with ill nature.
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A man cannot please long who has only one kind of wit.
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A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate.
Merit
A man for whom accident discovers sense, is not a rational being. A man only is so who understands, who distinguishes, who tests it.
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A man is perhaps ungrateful, but often less chargeable with ingratitude than his benefactor is.
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A man may be sharper than another, but not than all others
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A man of sense may love like a madman, but never like a fool
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A man who is always satisfied with himself is seldom so with others, and others as little pleased with him
Satisfaction
A man would rather say evil of himself than say nothing.
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A nice smell reminds me of girls. I like a girl to smell nice!
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A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
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A quickness in believing evil without having sufficiently examined it, is the effect of pride and laziness. We wish to find the guilty, and we do not wish to trouble ourselves in examining the crime.
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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
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A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
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