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François de la Rochefoucauld quotes

French classical author, leading exponent of the Maxime, 1613-1680

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.


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


To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.


The art of using moderate abilities to advantage often brings greater results than actual brilliance.


When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.


We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.


We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.


Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.


There are ways which lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.


There are no circumstances, however unfortunate, that clever people do not extract some advantage from.


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