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Jean de la Bruyere
1645 - 1696
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.


A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.


The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.


The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.


The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.


One must laugh before one is happy, or one may die without ever laughing at all.


Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.


Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.

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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.


Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.


We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.


One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.


There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work.


At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.


Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.


Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late.


The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?


A man can keep another's secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.


We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.


Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.


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