Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues

French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms

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Freedom is incompatible with weakness.

He who can endure all things may venture all things.

If the great thoughts deceive us, they entertain us.

It is difficult to estimate as someone he wants to be.

It is true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has done nothing to equal, sovereign law is subordination and dependence.

Loneliness is the mind that the diet is to the body, is fatal if too long, but necessary.

Moderation of great men bound their vices.

Nobody is more prone to mistakes than those who act only by reflection.

Patience is the art of hoping.

Servitude debases men to the point where they end up liking it.

The awards are the projections of the philosophers.

The evil spirit takes place.

The hope is that more dupes skill.

Frees us from the need to choose from.

He who gives his word lightly, betrays it lightly.

If virtue were its own reward, it would no longer be a human quality, but supernatural.

It is easier for us to dye an infinity of knowledge, as well as have a few.

It is unjust to exact that men shall do out of deference to our advice what they have no desire to do for themselves.

Love is not so delicate self-esteem.

Most men are so closely confined to the orbit of their worldly station that they have not even the courage to escape it by their ideas; and if there are some whom speculating on great matters unfits for small ones, there are yet more who by constant handling of small matters have lost the very sense of what is great.

Nobody wants to be complaining about his mistakes.

Peace makes people happier and weaker men.

Sharpness is the genius of the masters.

The best actors (writers) talk too much.

The excuse usually those who are the misfortune of others is that they want their property.

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French Moralist, Essayist, Writer of Aphorisms