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Nicolas Boileau Quotes

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

A fool always finds some greater fool to admire him.

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.

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

That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious.

The dreadful burden of having nothing to do.

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

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.

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.

Whatever we conceive well we express clearly.

Who is content with nothing possesses all things.