Francois de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French classical writer, moralist

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The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
There are two sorts of constancy in love; the one comes from the constant discovery in our beloved of new grounds for love, and the other from making it a point of honour to be constant. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Lovers never get tired of each other, because they are always talking about themselves. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Luck must be dealt with like health: Enjoy it when it is good, be patient when it is bad. [Fr., Il faut gouverner la fortune comme la sante: En jouir quand elle est bonne, prendre patience quand elle est mauvaise] - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
We should not be upset that others hide the truth from us; we hide it so often from ourselves. [Fr., Il ne faut pas s'offenser que les autres nous cachent la verite, puisque nous nous la cachons si souvent a nous-memes] - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld
The world rewards the appearance of merit oftener than merit itself. [Fr., Le monde recompense plus souvent les apparences de merite que le merite meme] - Francois de la Rochefoucauld