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Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS


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  • Absence cools moderate passions, and inflames violent ones; just as the wind blows out candles, but kindles fires.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 276 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • It is sometimes a point of as much cleverness to know to make good use of advice from others as to be able give good advice to oneself.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 284 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Some men are so full of themselves that when they fall in love, they amuse themselves rather with their own passion than with the person they love.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 503 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Folly follows us all through our lives. If one man seems wiser than his neighbors, it is only because his follies are better suited to his age and his fortune.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 208 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Youth is a continual drunkenness; it is the fever of reason.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 271 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • There is an excess both in happiness and misery above our power of sensation.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 466 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • Our wisdom lies as much at the mercy of fortune as our possessions do.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 323 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Some men are like ballads, that are in everyone's mouth a little while.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 212 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 54 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • The constancy of the wise is nothing else but the knack of concealing their passion and trouble.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 21 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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