Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Charles de Saint-√Čvremond, fully Charles Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de √Čvremond

French Soldier, Hedonist, Essayist, Literary Critic, Courtier, Wit

"A man knows how to mix pleasures with business, is never entirely possessed by them; he either quits or resumes them at his will; and in the use he makes of them he rather finds a relaxation of mind than a dangerous charm that might corrupt him."

"Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance and circumspection spread over all we do and say."

"Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue. We have seen a thousand people esteemed, either for the merit they had not yet attained or for that they no longer possessed."

"The censure of those that are opposed to us is the nicest commendation that can be given us."

"There is a heroic innocence, as well as a heroic courage."

"We want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently in riches."

"A man that knows how to mix pleasures with business, is never entirely possessed by them; he either quits or resumes them at his will; and in the use he makes of them he rather finds a relaxation of mind than a dangerous charm that might corrupt him."

"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."

"Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance, and circumspection spread over all we do and say."