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 :: 1613-1680, French Classical Writer

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A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [People]

 

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A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Praise]

 

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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Absence]

 

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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Flirting]

 

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Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Luck]

 

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As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Wisdom]

 

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As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Age and Aging]

 

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Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Models and Modeling]

 

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Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Work]

 

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Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Luck]

 

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Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Conversation]

 

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Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Decency]

 

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Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Envy]

 

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Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Judgment and Judges]

 

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Few people know how to be old.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Age and Aging]

 

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Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Censure]

 

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Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Perseverance]

 

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Fortune and humor govern the world.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Humor]

 

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Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Funerals]

 

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