Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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It often happens that we estimated in proportion as we believe ourselves.

Magnanimity is not accountable to the prudence of his reasons.

Necessity embitters the evils which it cannot cure.

Nothing great has mediocrity.

Persons of rank do not talk about such trifles as the common people do; but the common people do not busy themselves about such frivolous things as do persons of rank.

Solitude is to the mind what fasting is to the body, fatal if it is too prolonged, and yet necessary.

The body has its graces, mind talents, the heart would have it that vices?

The feeling of sterility feeds laziness.

The lack of ambition, in large, is sometimes the source of many vices; their duties breed contempt, arrogance, cowardice and weakness.

Great men are sometimes so even in small things.

Hope deceives more men than cunning does.

In order to achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die.

It is easy to criticize an author, but it is difficult to appreciate.

It promises to provide much give few.

Magnanimity owes no account to prudence of its motives.

Necessity moderates more troubles than reason.

Obscurity is the kingdom (realm) of error.

Perspicuity is the frame-work of profound thoughts.

Some are born to invent, others to embellish; but the gilder attracts more attention than the architect.

The burning ambition exile the pleasures of youth to govern alone.

The first days of spring have less grace than under a rising young man.

The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.

Great men in teaching weak men to reflect have set them on the road to error.

Hope inspires the wise, and deludes the indolent.

In order to protect himself from force, man was obliged to submit to justice. Justice or force: he was compelled to choose between the two masters, so little are we made to be independent.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms