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François de La Rochefoucauld

1613-1680. French writer.

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

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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.

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What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.

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We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.

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The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.

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There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation is over.

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Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.

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How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.

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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.

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Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.

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