François, Duque de La Rochefoucauld

France
15 Sep 1613 // 17 Mar 1680
Writer, Moralist

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What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
What makes vanity so insufferable to us, is that it hurts our own.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
We always get bored with those whom we bore.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
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