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La Rochefoucauld Maxims

A Collection of La Rochefoucauld Maxims


Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.

Courage is doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.

Overcoming Doubt
Jealousy lives upon doubts, it becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.

We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.

We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.

Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.

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