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Jean De La Bruyere Quotes


A French essayist and moralist.
(1645 - 1696)

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A blockhead cannot come in, nor go away, nor sit, nor rise, nor stand, like a man of sense.
 

A handsome woman who has the qualities of an agreeable man is the most delicious society in the world. She unites the merit of both sexes. Caprice is in the women the antidote to beauty.
 

A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.
 

A lovely countenance is the fairest of all sights, and the sweetest harmony is the sound of the voice of her whom we love.
[Voice]
 

A man can keep another's secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.
 

A man is more faithful to the secret of another man than to his own; a woman, on the contrary, preserves her own secret better than that of another.
[Secrecy]
 

A man must have very eminent qualities to hold his own without being polite.
 

A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.
 

A man often runs the risk of throwing away a witticism if he admits that it is his own.
[Wit]
 

A man unattached, and without a wife, if he have any genius at all, may raise himself above his original position, may mingle with the world of fashion, and hold himself on a level with the highest; but this is less easy for him who is engaged. - It seems as if marriage put the whole world in their proper rank.
 

A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.
 

A modest man never talks of himself.
[Modesty]
 

A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.
[Fashion]
 

A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.
 

A prince wants only the pleasures of private life to complete his happiness.
 

A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
 

A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
 

After a spirit of discernment, the next rarest things in the world are diamonds and pearls.
 

All confidence is dangerous, if it is not entire; we ought on most occasions to speak all, or conceal all. We have already too much disclosed our secrets to a man, from whom we think any one single circumstance is to be concealed.
[Confidence]
 

All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
 


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