Quotes by Jean de la Bruyere (Philosopher/French).

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Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
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No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
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Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late.
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Man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live, and to die. He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live.
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The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.
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The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
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The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
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They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
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I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
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Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
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A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
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Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
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There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
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The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.
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As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
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There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
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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.
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The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
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All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
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All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
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A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.
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The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation.
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Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
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When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
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Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father.
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