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More from François de la Rochefoucauld

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

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