Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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Moderation of great men bound their vices.

Nobody is more prone to mistakes than those who act only by reflection.

Patience is the art of hoping.

Servitude debases men to the point where they end up liking it.

The awards are the projections of the philosophers.

The evil spirit takes place.

The hope is that more dupes skill.

Frees us from the need to choose from.

He who gives his word lightly, betrays it lightly.

If virtue were its own reward, it would no longer be a human quality, but supernatural.

It is easier for us to dye an infinity of knowledge, as well as have a few.

It is unjust to exact that men shall do out of deference to our advice what they have no desire to do for themselves.

Love is not so delicate self-esteem.

Most men are so closely confined to the orbit of their worldly station that they have not even the courage to escape it by their ideas; and if there are some whom speculating on great matters unfits for small ones, there are yet more who by constant handling of small matters have lost the very sense of what is great.

Nobody wants to be complaining about his mistakes.

Peace makes people happier and weaker men.

Sharpness is the genius of the masters.

The best actors (writers) talk too much.

The excuse usually those who are the misfortune of others is that they want their property.

The idea of bringing all men on an equality with each other has always been a pleasant dream; the law cannot equalize men in spite of nature.

Generosity gives assistance, rather than advice.

He who knows how to suffer everything can dare everything.

If you love life, the fear of death.

It is easier to say new things than to reconcile those which have already been said.

It is untrue to say a man has made his fortune when he is not capable of enjoying it.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms