Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise  

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Nos vertus ne sont, le plus souvent, que de vices déguisés (our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise) is a maxim from Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims, a collection of aphorisms by French writer François de La Rochefoucauld.

It is the epigraph which is the key to the system of La Rochefoucauld and 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, editor, Bartlett's Quotations, 1919 edition.





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