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French classical author, leading exponent of the Maxime, 1613-1680
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He who lives without folly is not so wise as he believes
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He who thinks he has the power to content the world greatly deceives himself, but he who thinks that the world cannot be content with him deceives himself yet more.
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Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.
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Hope and fear are inseparable.
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Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.
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Hope is the last thing that dies in man; and though it be exceedingly deceitful, yet it is of this good use to us, that while we are traveling through life it conducts us in an easier and more pleasant way to our journey's end.
Hope
Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route
Hope
How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.
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However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive
Action
However deceitful hope may be, yet she carries us on pleasantly to the end of life.
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However evil men may be they dare not be openly hostile to virtue, and so when they want to attack it they pretend to find it spurious, or impute crimes to it
Mankind
However much we may distrust men's sincerity, we always believe they speak to us more sincerely than to others
Sincerity
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
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However we distrust the sincerity of those whom we talk with, we always believe them more sincere with us than with others.
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However wicked men may be, they do not dare openly to appear the enemies of virtue, and when they desire to persecute her they either pretend to believe her false or attribute crimes to her.
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Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.
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Humility is often a feigned submission which we employ to supplant others. It is one of the devices of Pride to lower us to raise us; and truly pride transforms itself in a thousand ways, and is never so well disguised and more able to deceive than when i
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Humility is the true proof of Christian virtues; without it we retain all our faults, and they are only covered by pride to hide them from others, and often from ourselves.
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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue
Hypocrisy
I am, really, a great writer; my only difficulty is in finding great readers.
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