Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS

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  • 321.
    In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Ed. FitzGibbon (1957). Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 576 (1665).
  • 322.
    True bravery means doing alone that which one could do if all the world were by.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 217 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 323.
    The best way to rise in society is to use all possible means of persuading people that one has already risen in society.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 57 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 324.
    Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 76 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 325.
    Even the most disinterested love is, after all, but a kind of bargain, in which self-love always proposes to be the gainer one way or another.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 82 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 326.
    A respectable man may love madly, but not foolishly.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 353 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 327.
    It is of no use to a woman to be young without being beautiful, or to be beautiful without being young.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 500 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 328.
    Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 326 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 329.
    There is no accident so unfortunate but wise men will make some advantage of it, nor any so entirely fortunate but fools may turn it to their own prejudice.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 60 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 330.
    It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 71 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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