Jean De La Bruyère

(1645-1696 / Paris)

Jean De La Bruyère Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.''
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of the Heart," aph. 33 (1688).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.''
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of Books," aph. 3 (1688).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.''
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Books," aph. 63, Characters (1688).
  • ''A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.''
    Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of Books," aph. 13, Characters (1688).

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