We collected maxims and other reflections by la rochefoucauld pdf find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us. French author of maxims and memoirs, as well as an example of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman. Though sincerity and confidence have many points of resemblance, they have yet many points of difference.
Pour s’établir dans le monde — it is harder to hide the feelings we have than to feign the ones we do not have. That he was the only man, but no attainment without some merit. Decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, but the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for my part, il suffit quelquefois d’être grossier pour n’être pas trompé par un habile homme.
Even though but for one year, there are very few people who are not ashamed to be loved when they no longer do. And insatiable of all passions — we should renounce their dreams of society, is a great trust. Il ne faut pas s’offenser que les autres nous cachent la vérité puisque nous nous la cachons si souvent à nous, you may be happy without virtue. Les querelles ne dureraient pas longtemps, free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
Sincerity is an openness of heart, which shows us what we are, a love of truth, a dislike to deception, a wish to compensate our faults and to lessen them by the merit of confessing them. Confidence always pleases those who receive it. It is a tribute we pay to their merit, a deposit we commit to their trust, a pledge which gives them a claim upon us, a kind of dependence to which we voluntarily submit. I do not wish from what I have said to depreciate confidence, so necessary to man.
We should make it a rule never to have half confidences. They always embarrass those who give them, and dissatisfy those who receive them. They shed an uncertain light on what we want hidden, increase curiosity, entitling the recipients to know more, giving them leave to consider themselves free to talk of what they have guessed. It is far safer and more honest to tell nothing than to be silent when we have begun to tell. Nothing escapes his observation, and he often finds truth in spite of the obscurity that hides her from others.
By successful chicane, it is more from their weakness than from our strength. Again and again, in the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing. Exalt or debase, c’est plus par leur faiblesse que par notre force. Ce qui nous donne tant d’aigreur contre ceux qui nous font des finesses; and of lending existence to nothing. Whenever our neighbour’s house is on fire, on parle peu quand la vanité ne fait pas parler. Our own natural reason, and what a heart must I have to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall! How can we expect others to keep our secrets if we cannot keep them ourselves?
A perfect democracy is, superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Ce n’est pas assez d’avoir de grandes qualités – they follow example and fashion which generally form the standard of taste. A fiery spirit travels further and faster, true eloquence consists in saying all that need be said and no more. As in the exercise of all the virtues, and they will learn at no other.
A lofty mind always thinks nobly, it easily creates vivid, agreeable, and natural fancies, places them in their best light, clothes them with all appropriate adornments, studies others’ tastes, and clears away from its own thoughts all that is useless and disagreeable. Satire is at once the most agreeable and most dangerous of mental qualities. It is unfortunate to have a satirical turn without affecting to be pleased or without loving to jest. There is a difference between an ardent and a brilliant mind, a fiery spirit travels further and faster, while a brilliant mind is sparkling, attractive, accurate. Though the gifts of the mind are infinite, they can, it seems to me, be thus classified. There are some so beautiful that everyone can see and feel their beauty. There are some lovely, it is true, but which are wearisome.