Quotations From JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE

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  • 1.
    We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of the Heart," aph. 63 (1688).

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  • 2.
    Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of the Heart," aph. 47 (1688).
  • 3.
    Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of Opinions," aph. 56 (1688).
  • 4.
    The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Books," aph. 47, Characters (1688).
  • 5.
    There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Books," aph. 7, Characters (1688).

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  • 6.
    As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Worldly Goods," aph. 4, Characters (1688).
  • 7.
    There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the stupidity of others.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Worldly Goods," aph. 52, Characters (1688).

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  • 8.
    The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of the Court," aph. 45, Characters (1688).

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  • 9.
    It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of Personal Merit," aph. 21 (1688).

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  • 10.
    Everything has been said, and we have come too late, now that men have been living and thinking for seven thousand years and more.
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of Books," aph. 1 (1688).
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