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More from François de la Rochefoucauld

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.

Maxim 26

Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.

Maxim 39

We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.

Maxim 49

There are few people who would not be ashamed of being loved when they love no longer.

Maxim 71

Virtue would not make such advances if there were not a little vanity to keep it company.

Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 201