La Rochefoucauld

French writer of moralistic maxims (1613-1680)

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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.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one which we take the least thought to acquire.
A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.
Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one- as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame. (Maxims)
Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blow up the bonfire.
Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
Ah, Hope what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.
All the passions make us commit faults love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
Constancy in love is a perpetual inconstancy, in which the heart attaches itself successively to each of the lover's qualities, giving preference now to one, now to another.
Courage is like love it must have hope for nourishment.
Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.
Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgment.
For most men the love of justice is only the fear of suffering injustice.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.
How can we expect another to keep our secret, if we cannot keep it ourself
How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
If we are to judge of love by the consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
If we judge of love by its usual effects, it resembles hatred more than friendship.
If we resist our passions, it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
It is the habit of mediocre minds to condemn all that is beyond their grasp.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
One is never as fortunate or as unfortunate as one thinks.
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
Our minds are lazier than our bodies.
People would never fall in love if they had not heard love talked about.
Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching.
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over it.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
Some disguised deceits counterfeit truth so perfectly that not to be taken in by them would be an error of judgment.
The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth.
The man who lives free from folly is not so wise as he thinks.
The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.
The pleasure of love is in the loving and there is more joy in the passion one feels than in that which one inspires.
The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.
The surest way to be deceived is to think oneself cleverer than the others.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage.
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great things.
To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.
We are all strong enough to endure the misfortunes of others.
We are never so happy or unhappy as we think.
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be.
We do not regret the loss of our friends by reasons of their merit, but because of our needs and for the good opinion that we believed them to have held of us.
We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
We rarely think that people have good sense unless they agree with us.
We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.
Were we faultless, we would not derive such satisfaction from remarking the faults of others.
When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.

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