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CHARLES DE MARGUETEL DE SAINT-DENIS DE SAINT-EVREMOND
French litterateur, wit and courtier
(1613 - 1703)

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than the small-pox.
      - [Affectation]

He is not always at ease who laughs.
  [Fr., Ce n'est pas etre bien aise que de rire.]
      - [Laughter]

History tells us of illustrious villains, but there never was an illustrious miser.
      - [Misers]

Let pleasure be ever so innocent, the excess is always criminal.
      - [Excess]

Liberality is the best way to gain affection; for we are assured of their friendship to whom we are obliged.
      - [Liberality]

Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance and circumspection spread over all we do and say.
      - [Politeness]

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue. We have seen a thousand people esteemed, either for the merit they had not yet attained or for that they no longer possessed.
      - [Reputation]

Some men will believe nothing but what they can comprehend; and there are but few things that such are able to comprehend.
      - [Incredulity]

The censure of those that are opposed to us is the nicest commendation that can be given us.
      - [Censure]

There is a heroic innocence, as well as a heroic courage.
      - [Innocence]

Too austere a philosophy makes few wise men; too rigorous politics, few good subjects; too hard a religion, few religious persons whose devotion is of long continuance.
      - [Extremes]

We rarely meet with persons that have true judgment; which, to many, renders literature a very tiresome knowledge. Good judges are as rare as good authors.
      - [Critics]

We want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches.
      - [Poverty]


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