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True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.

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We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.

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   Vanity
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We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.

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Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.

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No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will.

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If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.

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   Peace
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How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?

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Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.

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   Respect
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We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.

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It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.

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The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.

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What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.

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   Jealousy
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Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.

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What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.

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   Giving
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Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.

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He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.

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Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.

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If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.

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   Fact