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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9543
AUTHOR:François, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)
QUOTATION:In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing. 1
 
Note 1.
This reflection, No. 99 in the edition of 1665, the author suppressed in the third edition.

In all distresses of our friends
We first consult our private ends;
While Nature, kindly bent to ease us,
Points out some circumstance to please us.
Dean Swift: A Paraphrase of Rochefoucauld’s Maxim. [back]
 

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