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Quotations --- Francois de La Rochefoucauld


 

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.

 

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.

 

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.

 

The only thing constant in life is change.

 

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.

 

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

 

Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we resort to to hide them.

 

The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.

 

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

 

How can you expect another to keep a secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?

 

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.

 

Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary.

 

One may outwit another, but not all the others.

 

We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.

 

We would often be ashamed of our best actions if the world only knew the motives behind them.

 

How rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

 

All passions make us commit mistakes, but love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.

 

Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.

 

It is more shameful to distrust one's friends than to be deceived by them.

 

Everyone complains of his memory, and no one complains of his judgment.

 

Sometimes we are less unhappy in being deceived by those we love, than in being undeceived by them.

 

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.

 

We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire.

 

Some beautiful things are more impressive when left imperfect than when than when too highly finished.

 

Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever.

 

Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.

 

We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.

 

Few things are needed to make a wise man happy; nothing can make a fool content; that is why most men are miserable.

 

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.

 

In all aspects of life, we take on a part and an appearance to seem to be what we wish to be--and thus the world is merely composed of actors.

 

Imagination could never invent the number of different contradictions that exist innately in each person's heart.

 

 


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