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 Rochefoucaulds Maxim. [back]