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Francois De La Rochefoucauld

(1613-1680) French Classical Writer

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

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

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

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

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

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.

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

Lovers never get tired of each other, because they are always talking about themselves.

Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.

No disguise can long conceal love where it is, nor feign it where it is not.

Old men are fond of giving advice to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples.

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.

We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.