JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE QUOTES

French philosopher and moralist (1645-1696)

Jean de La Bruyère quote

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, attributed, Selected Thoughts from the French: XV Century-XX Century, with English Translations

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Nothing is easier for passion than to overcome reason, but the greatest triumph is to conquer a man's own interests.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères

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In the world there are only two ways of raising one's self, either by one's own industry or by the weakness of others.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations

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The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, Les Caractères ou les Moeurs de ce siecle

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A man who parades his piety is one who, under an atheist king, would be an atheist.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, Les Caractères ou les Moeurs de ce siecle

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If poverty is the mother of all crimes, lack of intelligence is their father.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Mankind", Les Caractères

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A faithless woman, if known to be such by the person concerned, is but faithless ; if she is believed faithful, she is treacherous.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Women", Les Caractères

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A man who knows how to make good bargains or finds his money increase in his coffers, thinks presently that he has a good deal of brains and is almost fit to be a statesman.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Gifts of Fortune", Les Caractères

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That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Personal Merit", Les Caractères

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We never love with all our heart and all our soul but once, and that is the first time.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères

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Nothing makes us better understand what trifling things Providence thinks He bestows on men in granting them wealth, money, dignities, and other advantages, than the manner in which they are distributed and the kind of men who have the largest share.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Gifts of Fortune", Les Caractères

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What the people call eloquence is the facility some persons have of speaking alone and for a long time, aided by extravagant gestures, a loud voice, and powerful lungs.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Works of the Mind", Les Caractères

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Children are overbearing, supercilious, passionate, envious, inquisitive, egotistical, idle, fickle, timid, intemperate, liars, and dissemblers; they laugh and weep easily, are excessive in their joys and sorrows, and that about the most trifling objects; they bear no pain, but like to inflict it on others; already they are men.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Mankind", Les Caractères

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A man of variable mind is not one man, but several men in one; he multiplies himself as often as he changes his taste and manners; he is not this minute what he was the last, and will not be the next what he is now; he is his own successor.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Mankind", Les Caractères

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The finest and most beautiful ideas on morals and manners have been swept away before our times, and nothing is left for us but to glean after the ancients and the ablest amongst the moderns.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Works of the Mind", Les Caractères

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It is no more in our power to love always than it was not to love at all.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères

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Tyranny has no need of arts or sciences, for its policy, which is very shallow and without any refinement, only consists in shedding blood.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Sovereign and the State", Les Caractères

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The lives of heroes have enriched history, and history has adorned the actions of heroes ; and thus I cannot say whether the historians are more indebted to those who provided them with such noble materials, or those great men to their historians.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Works of the Mind", Les Caractères

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We should like those whom we love to receive all their happiness, or, if this were impossible, all their unhappiness from our hands.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères

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Women become attached to men through the favours they grant them, but men are cured of their love through those same favours.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Women", Les Caractères

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