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

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