Luc de Clapiers

[Marquis de Vauvenargues]

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Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues (6 August 1715 – 28 May 1747) was a minor French writer, a moralist. He died at age 31, in broken health, having published the year prior—anonymously—a collection of essays and aphorisms with the encouragement of Voltaire, his friend. He first received public notice under his own name in 1797, and from 1857 on, his aphorisms became popular. In the history ... more »

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  • ''Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.''
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 458 (1746).
  • ''The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.''
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 479 (1746).
  • ''When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.''
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 3 (1746).
  • ''Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.''
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 176 (1746).
  • ''To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.''
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 142 (1746).
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