After forsaking politics whilst he used to be approximately 40, François, duc de l. a. Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) started to write down his maxims, that have been first released in ebook shape in 1665. Poetic, ironic, and often funny, his clever observations is usually blunt and brutally candid:
Everyone blames his reminiscence, nobody his judgment.
Gratitude is in basic terms the key wish of extra favors.
It is frequently simply for an excuse that we are saying issues are
impossible
We infrequently imagine humans have strong experience except they trust us.
The greater than 500 short musings incorporated the following make for exciting and thought-provoking analyzing. This beneficial assortment also will function a sourcebook for writers, audio system, or a person who wishes a short quip.

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A hundred and five. Stumbling upon knowledge makes no guy clever; the sage needs to comprehend, seize, and luxuriate in his knowledge. 106. wisdom is an absolute mastery of info, and because of information there is not any finish, ours is usually a less than excellent and superficial wisdom. 107. Calling consciousness to our sincerity is one type of coquetry. 108. brain can't play the a part of center for lengthy. 109. Youth’s impetuosity is fast to alter its tastes, whereas strength of behavior makes the elderly good of their likes. one hundred ten. we're by no means as liberal as with suggestion. 111. extra we like a mistress, extra approximately can we hate her. 112. psychological like facial peculiarities are accentuated through outdated age. 113. Many a wedding is excited; none is perfect. 114. We by no means forgive a pal or a foe who betrays us, but we don't resent betraying ourselves. a hundred and fifteen. it's as effortless to lie to ourselves with no knowing it, because it is tough to prevent detection in our deception of others. 116. a guy is rarely much less honest than whilst he asks or provides recommendation; while he seeks guidance with humble deference to the judgment of his buddy he seeks to commend his personal behavior, and to make his good friend a surety for his acts. Giving suggestion is yet repaying with feigned zeal the boldness of others, and, even as, looking to additional one’s personal ends by way of the counsels one offers. 117. No deception is keener than feigning cleverly to fall into the snares laid for us. we're traditionally deceived while looking to mislead others. 118. A hope to not lie to others regularly lays us open to deception. 119. We spend lots time deceiving others that we finish through deceiving ourselves. one hundred twenty. Deception is extra frequently the fruit of weak point than of an motive to lie to. 121. frequently we do correct, that later we could do flawed with impunity. 122. once we withstand temptation it's always simply because temptation is susceptible, now not simply because we're robust. 123. How little we must always get pleasure from existence if we by no means flattered ourselves! 124. The cleverest males plow through lifestyles decrying trickery both to be able to misinform in a drawback, or to accomplish an outstanding ambition. a hundred twenty five. recurring trickery is an indication of small intellects; he who covers himself with deceit at one aspect, frequently exposes himself at one other. 126. Trickery and treachery are a mark of stupidity. 127. The highest quality approach to be deceived is to imagine one’s self cleverer than one’s neighbor. 128. Super-cleverness is indelicate; real delicacy rests on actual cleverness. 129. Stupidity is usually the easiest guard opposed to a smart rascal. one hundred thirty. a gentle woman’s smallest vice is her lightness. 131. weak point is our merely irreparable fault. 132. it truly is more uncomplicated to evangelise advantage than to perform it. 133. the single stable imitations are these which intensify the faults in their undesirable originals. 134. Our real features by no means make us as ridiculous as these we have an effect on. a hundred thirty five. we're usually as not like ourselves as we're not like others. 136. Many might by no means have fallen in love, had they by no means heard the time period. 137. We hardly speak unprompted by way of vainness. 138. We like to malign ourselves than to not speak of ourselves in any respect. 139. One for the reason that so few humans communicate agreeably or logically is guy will pay extra awareness to his personal utterances than to giving an actual resolution to questions placed to him.

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