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Jean De La Bruyere Quotes


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Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
[Life]
 

Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.
 

Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth.
[Logic]
 

Love and friendship exclude each other.
 

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
 

Man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live, and to die. He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live.
 

Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
[Marriage]
 

Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
 

Modesty is to merit, as shades to figures in a picture, giving it strength and beauty.
[Modesty]
 

Most men make use of the first part of their life to render the last part miserable.
 

Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world.
 

No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
 

No road is too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; and no honors are too distant for the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
[Perseverance]
 

Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them.
 

One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.
 

One must laugh before one is happy, or one may die without ever laughing at all.
 

One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.
 

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
[Peace]
 

Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an adornment to those who have filled their lives with great deeds: they might be compared to some beauty carelessly dressed and thereby all the more attractive.
 

Politeness does not always evince goodness, equity, complaisance, or gratitude, but it gives at least the appearance of these qualities, and makes man appear outwardly as he should be within.
[Politeness]
 


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