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Nicolas Boileau Quotes





A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
[Fools]
 

A fool always finds some greater fool to admire him.
[Fools]
 

Brimful of learning, see the pedant stride, bristling with horrid Greek, and puffed with pride! - A thousand authors he in vain has read, and with their maxims stuffed his empty head; and thinks that without Aristotle's rules, reason is blind, and common sense a fool!
 

Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
[Perseverance]
 

Silence is the understanding of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.
[Silence]
 

That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious.
[Speech]
 

The dreadful burden of having nothing to do.
 

The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so.
[Wisdom]
 

The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.
[Fools]
 

There is but one road to lead us to God - humility; all other ways would only lead astray, even were they fenced in with all virtues.
[Humility]
 

Whatever we conceive well we express clearly.
[Writing]
 

Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
[Forgiveness]