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Quotations From DUC DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, FRANÇOIS

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  • 41.
    To praise princes for virtues which they have not, is to insult them with impunity.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 320 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 42.
    Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 93 (1678).

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  • 43.
    Generally speaking, we would make a good bargain by renouncing all the good that people say of us, upon condition they would say no ill.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 454 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 44.
    The clemency of princes is very often only a state-trick, to gain upon the affections of their subjects.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 16 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 45.
    People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some 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. 292 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).

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  • 46.
    True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 76 (1678).

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  • 47.
    Those who are incapable of commiting great crimes will not easily suspect others of doing so.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 592 (1665, ed. FitzGibbon, 1957). Samuel Johnson reiterated the remark in a letter, May 6, 1755, quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791): "Men do not suspect faults which they do not commit."
  • 48.
    Treachery is more often the effect of weakness than of a formed design.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 121 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 49.
    As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 143 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
  • 50.
    No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 385 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).
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