Duc de La Rochefoucauld and (some of) his maxims II

I was sharing some maxims of François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld with you. I am sure you can get the necessary background for the initial post on the topic. Here I will straight away go to some more maxims….

69.—If there is a pure love, exempt from the mixture of our other passions, it is that which is concealed at the bottom of the heart and of which even ourselves are ignorant.

70.—There is no disguise which can long hide love where it exists, nor feign it where it does not.

75.—Neither love nor fire can subsist without perpetual motion; both cease to live so soon as they cease to hope, or to fear.

80.—What renders us so changeable in our friendship is, that it is difficult to know the qualities of the soul, but easy to know those of the mind.

83.—What men term friendship is merely a partnership with a collection of reciprocal interests, and an exchange of favours—in fact it is but a trade in which self love always expects to gain something.

84.—It is more disgraceful to distrust than to be deceived by our friends.

85.—We often persuade ourselves to love people who are more powerful than we are, yet interest alone produces our friendship; we do not give our hearts away for the good we wish to do, but for that we expect to receive.

89.—Everyone blames his memory, no one blames his judgment.

93.—Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer set bad examples.

101.—Ideas often flash across our minds more complete than we could make them after much labour.

103.—Those who know their minds do not necessarily know their hearts.

106.—To understand matters rightly we should understand their details, and as that knowledge is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect.

109.—Youth changes its tastes by the warmth of its blood, age retains its tastes by habit.

111.—The more we love a woman the more prone we are to hate her.

114.—We are inconsolable at being deceived by our enemies and betrayed by our friends, yet still we are often content to be thus served by ourselves.

115.—It is as easy unwittingly to deceive oneself as to deceive others.

119.—We become so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that at last we are disguised to ourselves.

121.—We frequently do good to enable us with impunity to do evil.

134.—We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those that we affect to have.

135.—We sometimes differ more widely from ourselves than we do from others.

136.—There are some who never would have loved if they never had heard it spoken of.

161.—A certain harmony should be kept between actions and ideas if we desire to estimate the effects that they produce.

166.—The world oftener rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself.

168.—However deceitful hope may be, yet she carries us on pleasantly to the end of life.

172.—If we thoroughly consider the varied effects of indifference we find we miscarry more in our duties than in our interests.

173.—There are different kinds of curiosity: one springs from interest, which makes us desire to know everything that may be profitable to us; another from pride, which springs from a desire of knowing what others are ignorant of.

199.—The desire to appear clever often prevents our being so.

210.—In growing old we become more foolish—and more wise.

223.—Gratitude is as the good faith of merchants: it holds commerce together; and we do not pay because it is just to pay debts, but because we shall thereby more easily find people who will lend.

224.—All those who pay the debts of gratitude cannot thereby flatter themselves that they are grateful.

To be continued…..


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