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...was very frequently guarded by poverty and ignorance."--Gibbon, DECLINE AND FALL, CHAP. 15.]
55.--The hate of favourites is only a love of favour. The envy of NOT possessing it, consoles and softens its regrets by the contempt it evinces for those who pos- sess it, and we refuse them our homage, not being able to detract from them what attracts that of the rest of the world.
56.--To establish ourselves in the world we do everything to appear as if we were established.
57.-Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
58.--It would seem that our actions have lucky or unlucky stars to which they owe a great part of the blame or praise which is given them.
59.--There are no accidents so unfortunate from which skilful men will not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men will not turn them to their hurt.
60.--Fortune turns all things to the advantage of those on whom she smiles.
61.--The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less upon their dispositions than their... La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
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