Nicholas Boileau

Nicholas Boileau

French poet and criticus

Lived from: 1636-1711

Category: Media | Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Nicholas Boileau

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    A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
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    Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.
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    Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.
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    He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
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    Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
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    However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
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    If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
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    No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.
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    Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.
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    Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.
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    The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.
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    What is conceived well is expressed clearly.
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