Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues
1715
1747

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

Author Quotes

There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.

Those who have the spirit that have a taste for the big things and the passion for small.

We are forced to respect the gifts of nature, which study and fortune cannot give.

We have so little virtue, that we are to love the ridiculous glory.

What we dignify with the name of peace is really only a short truce, in accordance with which the weaker party renounces his claims, whether just or unjust, until such time as he can find an opportunity of asserting them with the sword.

Wit cannot take the place of knowledge.

There are few thoughts synonyms, but many oncoming.

There is nothing that fear and hope does not persuade men.

Those who mock serious addictions like seriously trifles.

We are not born for glory when you do not know the value of time.

We love to the praise that sometimes we do not sincere.

Whatever affection we have for our friends or relations, the happiness of others never suffices for our own.

With kings, nations, and private individuals, the strongest assume to themselves rights over the weakest, and the same rule is followed by animals, by matter, by the elements, so that everything is performed in the universe by violence. And that order which we blame with some appearance of justice is the most universal, most absolute, most unchangeable, and most ancient law of nature.

The pity is less tender than love.

The term is the ability to govern without force.

The prosperity of the wicked kings are fatal to people.

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.

The reason deceives us more often than nature.

The things we know best are those that are not learned.

The mind reaches great heights only by spurts.

The reason she blushed tendencies cannot account for.

The thought of death deceives us; for it causes us to neglect to live.

The moderation of great men only sets a limit to their vices. The moderation of weak men is mediocrity.

The reason that philosophers and glory makes heroes, the only virtue is wise.

The traffic does not enrich the honor.

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First Name
Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues
Birth Date
1715
Death Date
1747
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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms