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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

9510 Fran&edilois

AUTHOR:François, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)
QUOTATION:Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised. 1
Note 1.
This epigraph, which is the key to the system of La Rochefoucauld, is found in another form as No. 179 of the Maxims of the first edition, 1665; it is omitted from the second and third, and reappears for the first time in the fourth edition at the head of the Reflections.—Aime Martin. [back]