We do not exist for ourselves. (Thomas Merton)
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Francois de La Rochefoucauld


(1613 – 1680) Full name: François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac. A noted French author of maxims and memoirs, essayist. He was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman. Until 1650, he bore the title of Prince de Marcillac.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
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