Francois De La Rochefoucauld
There are some who never would have loved if they never had heard
it spoken of.
However deceitful hope may be, yet she carries us on pleasantly to
the end of life.
The desire to appear clever often prevents our being so.
When our vices leave us we flatter ourselves with the idea we have
Just four of the many maxims of La Rochefoucauld. The French have long seemed to have a more sensible - if cynical - view of life than anyone else. It runs from Montaigne up to - and past - Camus.
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