Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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No one is more liable to make mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection.

Originality is the supreme evidence of genius.

Reason and emotion counsel and supplement each other. Whoever heeds only the one, and puts aside the other, recklessly deprives himself of a portion of the aid granted us for the regulation of our conduct.

Take it on the mercy of God to punish unnecessarily.

The darkness is the realm of error.

The generality of men are so bound within the sphere of their circumstances that they have not even the courage to get out of them through their ideas, and if we see a few whom, in a way, speculation over great things makes incapable of mean ones, we find still more with whom the practice of small things takes away the feeling for great ones.

The maxim that men are not to be praised before their death was invented by envy and too lightly adopted by philosophers. I, on the contrary, maintain that they ought to be praised in their lifetime if they merit it; but jealousy and calumny, roused against their virtue or their talent, labor to degrade them if any one ventures to bear testimony to them. It is unjust criticism that they should fear to hazard, not sincere praise.

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.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms