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François Rochefoucauld
1613 - 1680

French classical author and political activist. Rochefoucauld is perhaps best known for his pessimistic view of human character, and his belief that selfishness was at its foundation, views often expressed in his book Reflections: Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665)


It is easier to appear worthy of positions that we have not got, than of those that we have.

1665 - from Reflections: Sentences and Moral Maxims
Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise.

1665 - from Reflections: Sentences and Moral Maxims
The love of justice in most men is simply the fear of suffering injustice.

1665 - from Reflections: Sentences and Moral Maxims