|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||François, duc de La Rochefoucauld (16131680)|
|QUOTATION:||In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing. 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 Rochefoucaulds Maxim. [back]