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More from François de la Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes commonplace passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire.

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.

Maxim 22

Humility is often only a feigned submission of which we make use to render others submissive. It is an artifice of pride which abases in order to exalt itself.

Few men are sufficiently discerning to appreciate all the evil they do.

Maxim 269

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

Maxim 128