Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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The word courage is fearlessness in jeopardy.

The passions of men have learned the reason.

The spirits often change false maxims.

The mind of man is more intuitive than logical, and comprehends more than it can coordinate.

The mind is the soul's eye, not its source of power. That lies in the heart, in other words, in the passions.

Few people are modest enough to suffer without difficulty we appreciate them.

Greed is the latest and the most absolute of our passions.

If anyone accuses me of contradicting myself, I reply: Because I have been wrong once, or oftener, I do not aspire to be always wrong.

It cannot be a vice in men to be sensible of their strength.

It is of no use to possess a lively wit if it is not of the right proportion: the perfection of a clock is not to go fast, but to be accurate.

It's good to be strong temperament, and flexible thinking.

Men dissimulate their dearest, most constant and most virtuous inclination from weakness and a fear of being condemned.

No one likes to be pitied for his faults (mistakes).

Our actions are neither so good nor so vicious that our wills.

Reason and freedom are incompatible with weakness.

That does not offend society is not the purview of justice.

The diseases that devour soul escaped the body.

The generosity of others suffer sore, as if she was responsible.

The maxims of men betray their hearts.

Few people have enough background to suffer for the truth and say.

Habit is everything [all powerful] - even in love.

If children had teachers for judgment and eloquence as they have for languages, if their memory was exercised less than their energy or their natural genius, if instead of deadening their vivacity of mind we tried to elevate the free scope and impulses of their souls, what might not result from a fine disposition? As it is, we forget that courage, or love of truth and glory are the virtues that matter most in youth; and our one endeavor is to subdue our children’s spirits, in order to teach them that dependence and suppleness are the first laws of success in life.

It cannot be right if it is not human.

It is our heart to determine the rank of our interests, and our reason to drive.

Knowledge is no proof of genius.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms