François de La Rochefoucauld quote about knowledge from Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims - The true way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.
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The true way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.
 François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665). copy citation

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Author François de La Rochefoucauld
Source Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Topic knowledge humility deception
Date 1665
Language English
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Note Translated by J. W. Willis Bund
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/9105/9105-h/9105-h.htm

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“125.—The daily employment of cunning marks a little mind, it generally happens that those who resort to it in one respect to protect themselves lay themselves open to attack in another.
["With that low cunning which in fools supplies, And amply, too, the place of being wise." Churchill, Rosciad, 117.]
126.—Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.
127.—The true way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.
128.—Too great cleverness is but deceptive delicacy, true delicacy is the most substantial cleverness.
129.—It is sometimes necessary to play the fool to avoid being deceived by cunning men.” source
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