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JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
French philosopher, moralist and writer
(1645 - 1696)
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A blockhead cannot come in, nor go away, nor sit, nor rise, nor stand, like a man of sense.
      - [Blockhead]

A coquette is one that is never to be persuaded out of the passion she has to please, nor out of a good opinion of her own beauty: time and years she regards as things that only wrinkle and decay other women, forgetting that age is written in the face, and that the same dress which became her when she was young now only makes her look older.
      - [Coquette]

A coxcomb is the blockhead's man of merit.
      - [Coxcomb]

A fool cannot look, nor stand, nor walk like a man of sense.
      - [Fools]

A good author, and one who writes carefully, often discovers that the expression of which he has been in search without being able to discover it, and which he has at last found, is that which was the most simple, the most natural, and which seems as if it ought to have presented itself at once, without effort, to the mind.
      - [Writing]

A lovely countenance is the fairest of all sights, and the sweetest harmony is the sound of the voice of her whom we love.
      - [Charm]

A man can keep another person's secret better than his own; a woman, on the contrary, keeps her secret though she blabs all others.
      - [Secrecy]

A man is thirty years old before he has any settled thoughts of his fortune; it is not completed before fifty. He falls to building in his old age, and dies by the time his house is in a condition to be painted and glazed.
      - [Fortune]

A man of the world must seem to be that he wishes to be.
      - [Appearance]

A man unattached and without wife, if he have any genius at all, may raise himself above his original position, may mingle with the world of fashion, and hold himself on a level with the highest; this is less easy for him who is engaged; it seems as if marriage put the whole world in their proper rank.
      - [Bachelors]

A man's worth is estimated in this world according to his conduct.
      - [Manners]

A modest man never talks of himself.
      - [Modesty]

A prince wants only the pleasure of private life to complete his happiness.
      - [Domesticity]

A simple garb is the proper costume of the vulgar; it is cut for them, and exactly suits their measure, but it is an ornament for those who have filled up their lives with great deeds. I liken them to beauty in dishabille, but more bewitching on that account.
      - [Dress]

A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.
      - [Ambition]

A vain man finds his account in speaking good or evil of himself.
      - [Vanity]

A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed nor attempts to govern others.
      - [Government]

A woman is easily governed, if a man takes her in hand.
      - [Women]

A woman with eyes only for one person, or with eyes always averted from him, creates exactly the same impression.
      - [Love]

All the world says of a coxcomb that he is a coxcomb; but no one dares to say so to his face, and he dies without knowing it.
      - [Coxcomb]

Amongst such as out of cunning hear all and talk little, be sure to talk less; or if you must talk, say little.
      - [Conversation]

An assembly of the states, a court of justice, shows nothing so serious and grave as a table of gamesters playing very high; a melancholy solicitude clouds their looks; envy and rancor agitate their minds while the meeting lasts, without regard to friendship, alliances, birth or distinctions.
      - [Gambling]

An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or in censure, but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation.
      - [Egotism]

An inconstant woman is one who is no longer in love; a false woman is one who is already in love with another person; a fickle woman is she who neither knows whom she loves nor whether she loves or not; and the indifferent woman, one who does not love at all.
      - [Women]

As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
      - [Fools : Prosperity : Wealth]


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