Merit

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  • A man is perhaps ungrateful, but often less chargeable with ingratitude than his benefactor is.
  • The art of being able to make a good use of moderate abilities wins esteem and often confers more reputation than real merit.
    • Also translated as: "The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than real brilliancy."
    • François de La Rochefoucauld Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678) maxim 162
  • The world oftener rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself.
  • There is merit without elevation, but there is no elevation without some merit.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678) maxim 400
    • Also translated as: "There may be talent without position, but there is no position without some kind of talent."

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  • Distinguished merit will ever rise to oppression, and will draw lustre from reproach. The vapors which gather round the rising sun, and follow him in his course, seldom fail at the close of it to form a magnificent theatre for his reception, and to invest with variegated tints and with a softened effulgence the luminary which they cannot hide.

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