Quotations From MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, LUC


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  • Obscurity is the realm of error.
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Réflexions et Maximes, no. 5 (1746).
  • Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 238 (1746).

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  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 458 (1746).

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  • One promises much, to avoid giving little.
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 436 (1746).
  • The art of pleasing is the art of deceiving.
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 329 (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).
  • 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).

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  • Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
    Luc, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747), French moralist. Refléxions et Maximes, no. 66 (1746).

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