Jean de la Bruyère

Jean de la Bruyère

French writer

Lived from: 1645-1696

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Jean de la Bruyère

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    A man can keep a secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.
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    A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.
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    A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.
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    A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves.
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    A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.
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    A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
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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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    All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
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    All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
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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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    As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.
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    At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
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    Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.
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    Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.
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    Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
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