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Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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"Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye."

"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not."
Love

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

"Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example."

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

"Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them."

"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."

"Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment."

"Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another."

"Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires."
Love

"True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen."
Love

"We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation."

"Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example."

"If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength."

"No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does."

"Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise."

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

"The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so."

"The intellect is always fooled by the heart."

"We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others."

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