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We prefer people who are trying to imitate us more than those who are trying to equal us. This is because imitation is a sign of esteem, but the desire to equal others is a sign of envy. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Self-love is even deceived by self-love, because by looking out for our own interests and disregarding those of other people, we lose the advantage that comes with the exchange of favors. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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We so love all new and unusual things that we even derive a secret pleasure from the saddest and most tragic events, both because of their novelty and because of the natural malignity that exists within us. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Even the best-natured people, if uninstructed, are always blind and uncertain. We must take pains to instruct ourselves so that ignorance makes us neither too timid nor too bold. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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The maxims of Christian life, which should draw upon the truths of the Gospel, are always partially symbolic of the mind and temperament of those who teach them to us. The former, by their natural sweetness, show us the quality of God's mercy; the latter, by their harshness, show us God's justice. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Criticism should awaken our attention, not inflame our anger. We should listen to, and not flee from, those who contradict us. Truth should be our cause, no matter in what manner it comes to us. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Social intercourse, even friendship among most people, is a merely a business arrangement that lasts only so long as there is need. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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The loftiness of understanding embraces all. It requires as much spirit to suffer the failings of others as it does to appreciate their good qualities. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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He who uses trickery should at least make use of his judgment to learn that he can scarcely hide treacherous conduct for very long among clever men who are determined to find him out, although they may pretend to be deceived in order to disguise their knowledge of his deceitfulness. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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True merit does not depend on the times or on fashion. Those who have no other advantage than courtly manners lose it when they are away from court. But good sense, knowledge, and wisdom make their possessors knowledgeable and beloved in all ages and in all times. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Self-love is almost always the ruling principle of our friendships. It makes us avoid all our obligations in unprofitable situations, and even causes us to forget our hostility towards our enemies when they become powerful enough to help us achieve fame or fortune. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is as much wisdom in soliciting good counsel as in giving it. The most sensible people are not reluctant to consider the feelings of other people; and to know how to submit to the wise guidance of others is a kind of wisdom in itself. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is neither a great praise nor a great blame when people say a tendency is in or out of fashion. If a tendency is as it should be at one time, it is always as it should be. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is sometimes useful to pretend we are deceived, because when we show a deceiving man that we see through his artifices, we only encourage him to increase his deceptions. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Mean-spirited mediocrities, especially those with a smattering of learning, are the most likely to be opinionated. Only strong minds know how to correct their opinions and abandon a bad position. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Pettiness of mind, ignorance and presumption are the cause of stubbornness, because stubborn people only want to believe what they themselves can imagine, and they can imagine very few things. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is a singular characteristic of love that we cannot hide it where it exists, or pretend it where it does not exist. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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We must accustom ourselves to the follies of others and not be astonished at the foolishness that takes place in our presence. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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When an opinionated person starts to challenge something, his mind shuts out all that could clear up the matter. The argument irritates him, however just it might be, and it seems that he is afraid of discovering the truth. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is no one who cannot derive great help and great benefit from learning; but there are also only a few people who do not receive a great harm from the light and knowledge they have received by learning, unless they use their knowledge in a manner both fit and natural for them. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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The foolish acts of others ought to serve more as a lesson to us than an occasion to laugh at those who commit them. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is a strength of character to acknowledge our failings and our strong points, and it is a weakness of character not to remain in harmony with both the good and the bad that is within us. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Virtue is not always where it seems to be. People sometimes acknowledge favors only to maintain their reputations, and to make themselves more impudently ungrateful for favors that they do not wish to acknowledge. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is a certain hidden mediocrity in those who are stationed above us in life, an ability to take liberties in their pursuit of pleasures and diversions, without injuring the honor and respect we owe to them. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is a certain imperiousness, in the manner of speaking and in actions, which makes itself felt everywhere, and soon wins attention and respect. This commanding quality is useful in all affairs, and even for obtaining what we ask for. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Self-love makes us deceive ourselves in almost all matters, to censure others, and to blame them for the same faults that we do not correct in ourselves; we do this either because we are unaware of the evil that exists within us, or because we always see our own evil disguised as a good. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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When people reproach us, they only increase their own failings even as they are disclaiming them. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is such a great fault to talk too much that, in business and conversation, if what is good is also brief, it is doubly good, and one gains by brevity what one often loses by an excess of words. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Ignorance makes for weakness and fear; knowledge gives strength and confidence. Nothing surprises an intellect that knows all things with a sense of discrimination. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is base to take advantage of our rank or greatness by making fun of those placed beneath us in life. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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The conversation of those who like to lord it over us is very disagreeable. But we should always be ready to graciously acknowledge the truth, no matter in what guise it comes to us. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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To be too dissatisfied with ourselves is a weakness. To be too satisfied with ourselves is a stupidity. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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We learn as much by others' failings as by their teachings. Examples of imperfection is just as useful for achieving perfection as are models of competence and perfection. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Those who foolishly pride themselves on their nobility mistake that which makes them noble, for it is only the virtue of their ancestors that gives them noble blood. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Although we should not love our friends for the good that they do us, it is a sign that they do not love us much if they do not do us good when they have the power to do so. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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We need not regard what good a friend has done us, but only his desire to do us good. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Often the desire to appear competent impedes our ability to become competent, because we more anxious to display our knowledge than to learn what we do not know. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Everyone is so caught up in his own passions and interests that he always wants to talk about them without getting involved in the passions and interests of those to whom he speaks, although his listeners have the same need for others to listen to and help them. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is little advantage in pleasing ourselves when we please no one else, for our great self-love is often chastised by the scorn of others. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is always enough self-love hidden beneath the greatest devoutness to set limits on charity. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Instead of taking care to acquaint ourselves with others, we only think of making ourselves known to them. It would be better to listen to other people in order to become enlightened rather than to speak so as to shine in front of them. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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We would often rather seem dutiful to others than to succeed in our duties; and often we would rather tell our friends that we have done them good than to do good in actuality. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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There is a certain manner of self-absorption in speaking that always renders the speaker disagreeable. For it is as great a folly to listen only to ourselves while we are carrying on a conversation with others as it is to talk to ourselves while we are alone. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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It is a very trying task for deceitful people, always to have to cover up their lack of sincerity and to repair the breaking of their word. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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Study and research into truth often only serves to make us see by experience our natural ignorance. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...
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We think highly of men when we do not know the extent of their capabilities, for we always suppose that more exists when we only see half. -- Madeleine De Souvre, Marquise De ...