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Marquis De Vauvenargues
1715 - 1747

Emotions have taught mankind to reason.


The idle always have a mind to do something.


The art of pleasing is the art of deception.


The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.


The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.


All grand thoughts come from the heart.

    Topics: Inspirational

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.


To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.


Those who can bear all can dare all.


Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.


We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.


The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.


Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.


To possess taste, one must have some soul.


One promises much, to avoid giving little.


Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.


When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.


You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time.


If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.


Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.


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