Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues
1715
1747

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

Author Quotes

Necessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice.

Of all pleasures the fruit of labor is the sweetest.

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over it.

Some authors regard morality in the same light as we regard modern architecture. Convenience is the first thing to be looked for.

The clarity adorns the deep thoughts.

The fool is like those people who think themselves rich with little.

The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.

Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.

Hope is the most useful and the most pernicious of goods.

Indolence is the sleep of the mind.

It is in our own mind and not in exterior objects that we perceive most things; fools know scarcely anything because they are empty, and their heart is narrow; but great souls find in themselves a number of exterior things; they have no need to read or travel or to listen or to work to discover the highest truths; they have only to delve into themselves and search, if we may say so, their own thoughts.

It takes sincerity and righteousness, even to seduce.

Mediocre men sometimes fear great office, and when they do not aim at it, or when they refuse it, all that is to be concluded is that they are aware of their mediocrity.

Neither ignorance is lack of spirit or knowledge is proof of genius.

One cannot be just if one is not humane.

Poverty cannot debase sturdy souls, nor riches lift up mean ones.

Sometimes a lengthened period of prosperity melts away in a moment; just as the heat of summer flies before a day of tempest.

The conscience of the dying belies their life.

The foolishness of those who go to their purposes is to believe clever.

The license extends all the virtues and all the vices.

Great men, teaching small thinking, put them on the road to error.

Hope is the most useful and the most pernicious of the property.

Interest is the rule of prudence.

It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.

It takes some of the old service.

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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