Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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Men have big claims and small projects.

No one says in the morning: A day is soon past, let us wait for the night. On the contrary, in the evening we consider what we shall do the next day. We should be very sorry to spend even one day at the mercy of time and bores. … Who can be certain of spending an hour without being bored, if he takes no care to fill even that short period according to his pleasure. Yet what we cannot be certain of for an hour, we sometimes feel assured of for life, and say: If death is the end of everything, why give ourselves so much trouble? We are extremely foolish to make such a pother about the future—that is to say, we are extremely foolish not to entrust our destinies to chance, and to provide for the interval which lies between us and death.

Our errors and our controversies, in the sphere of morality, arise sometimes from looking on men as though they could be altogether bad, or altogether good.

Recognition is the feeling of a blessing.

The active support more men forward boredom that work.

The easement lowers men until they make love.

The great vanity of those who do not realize, is only sensible to believe.

The maxims of men reveal their characters.

Few people have enough character to endure the truth, and to speak it.

Hatred is no less fickle than friendship.

If our friends do us a service, we think they owe it to us by their title of friend. We never think that they do not owe us their friendship.

It is a great sign of mediocrity to praise always moderately.

It is proof of a narrow mind when things worthy of esteem are distinguished from things worthy of love. Great minds naturally love whatever is worthy of their esteem.

Laziness is what up at six in the morning, to have more time to do nothing.

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.

Nobility is a legacy, like gold and diamonds.

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.

Reputations ill-gotten changed into contempt.

The activity arises from a force concerned; laziness of impotence peaceful.

The enjoyment is the result and reward of labor.

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities, and to make the most of one's resources.

The mercy is better than justice.

Fools do not understand men of intelligence.

Hatred is stronger than friendship, less than glory.

If passion sometimes counsels greater boldness than does reflection, it gives more strength to execute it.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms