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Quotations by François de La Rochefoucauld

A certain harmony should be kept between actions and ideas if we want to fully develop the effects they can produce.

A clever man should handle his interests so that each will fall in suitable order of their value. Our greediness often brings trouble to this order, and makes us pursue so many things at the same time, that while we attend to the trifling too eagerly, we miss the great.

A countless number of acts that appear foolish actually have secret motives that are very wise and weighty.

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself, seeks for it in vain else where.

A man would rather say evil of himself than say nothing.

A man’s happiness or unhappiness depends as much on his temperament as on his destiny.

A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.

Ability wins us the appreciation of the true persons, and luck wins that of “the people.”