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...is founded on mutual deceit; few friendships would endure if each knew what his friend said of him in his absence, although he then spoke in sincerity and without passion.
Man is then only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others. He does not wish any one to tell him the truth; he avoids telling it to others, and all these dispositions, so removed from justice and reason, have a natural root in his heart.
I set it down as a fact thatIf all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.This is apparent from the quarrels which arise from the indiscreet tales told from time to time. [I say, further, all men would be ...]
Some vices only lay hold of us by means of others, and these, like branches, fall on removal of the trunk.
The example of Alexander's chastity has not made so many continent as that of his drunkenness has made intemperate. It is not shameful not to be as virtuous as he, and it seems excusable to be no more vicious. We do not... Pascal, Blaise
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