Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS

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  • 191.
    What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 263 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 192.
    We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives behind them.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-80), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 409 (1678).

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  • 193.
    Men are often so foolish as to boast and value themselves upon their passions, even those that are most vicious. But envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that no one every ever had the confidence to own it.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 28 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 194.
    What makes us so angry with those that have tricked us, is that they think themselves cleverer than ourselves.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 350 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 195.
    Bravery in simple soldiers is a dangerous trade, to which they have bound themselves to get their livelihood.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 215 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 196.
    Very few people are acquainted with death. They undergo it, commonly, not so much out of resolution as custom and insensitivity; and most men die because they cannot help it.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 25 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 197.
    What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 446 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 198.
    There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 71 (1678).

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  • 199.
    When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 380 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 200.
    Eloquence resides as much in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the expression of the face, as in the choice of words.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 251 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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