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Jean De La Bruyere Quotes


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There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work.
[Fame]
 

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.
[Fortune]
 

They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
 

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.
 

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
[One Day]
 

Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker.
 

To be among people one loves, that's sufficient; to dream, to speak to them, to be silent among them, to think of indifferent things; but among them, everything is equal.
 

To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.
 

Too great carelessness, equally with excess in dress, multiplies the wrinkles of old age, and makes its decay more conspicuous.
 

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.
[Friendship]
 

Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty.
 

We are more sociable, and get on better with people by the heart than the intellect.
[Society]
 

We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.
 

We come too late to say anything which has not been said already.
 

We hope to grow old, yet we fear old age; that is, we are willing to live, and afraid to die.
 

We meet with few utterly dull and stupid souls; the sublime and transcendent are still fewer; the generality of mankind stand between these two extremes; the interval is filled with multitudes of ordinary geniuses, but all very useful, the ornaments and supports of the commonwealth: these produce the agreeable and the profitable, and are conversant in commerce, finances, war, navigation, arts, trades, society, and conversation.
[Genius]
 

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
[Positive]
 

We never deceive for a good purpose; knavery adds malice to falsehood.
[Deceit]
 

We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
[Love]
 

We seldom repent of speaking little, very often of speaking too much; a vulgar and trite maxim, which all the world knows, but which all the world does not practise.
[Speech]
 


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