Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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One isn't amused long by the wit of someone else.

Pride is the Comforter of the weak.

Sometimes faith traveling incognito.

The counsels of the old, like the winter sun, shine, but give no heat.

The fools do not understand intelligent people.

The light of the dawn is not so sweet as the first glimpses of fame (glory).

Great thoughts come from the heart.

I do not approve the maxim which desires “a man to know a little of everything”. Superficial knowledge, knowledge without principles, is almost always useless and sometimes harmful knowledge.

Is it against justice or reason to love ourselves? And why is self-love always a vice?

It is not true that men are better in poverty than in wealth.

It turns a thought as a habit, to use several times.

Men are willing to render service until they have the power.

No man is weak by choice.

One promises much, to avoid giving little.

Prosperity makes some (few) friends and many enemies.

Superficial knowledge… is hurtful to those who possess true genius; for it necessarily draws them away from their main object, wastes their industry over details and subjects foreign to their needs and natural talent, and lastly does not serve, as they flatter themselves, to prove the breadth of their mind. In all ages there have been men of very moderate intelligence who knew much, and so on the contrary, men of the highest intelligence who knew very little. Ignorance is not lack of intelligence, nor knowledge a proof of genius.

The custom made ??until all love.

The fruits of labor are the sweetest of all pleasures.

The love of glory is great fortunes between peoples.

Greed announces the decline of the age and the stampede of pleasure.

If a man is endowed with a noble and courageous soul, if he is painstaking, proud, ambitious, without meanness, of a profound a deep-seated intelligence, I dare assert that he lacks nothing to be neglected by the great and men in high office, who fear, more than other men, those whom they cannot dominate.

It belongs only to adjust the courage to life.

It is not true that we have made ??a fortune when it is not enjoying it.

It's being poorly skilled that make dupes.

Men crowd into honorable careers without other vocation than their vanity, or at best their love of fame.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms