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DUC DE LEVIS, GASTON PIERRE MARC
French writer
(1764 - 1830)

Human nature is so weak that the honest men who have no religion make me fret with their perilous virtue, as rope-dancers with their dangerous equilibrium.
      - [Human Nature]

It is because gold is rare that gilding has been invented, which, without having its solidity, has all its brilliancy. Thus, to replace the kindness we lack, we have devised politeness which has all its appearance.
      - [Politeness]

Reflection increases the vigor of the mind, as exercise does the strength of the body.
      - [Thought]

Since we are exposed to inevitable sorrows, wisdom is the art of finding compensation.
      - [Compensation]

The uncertainty of events disturbs the purest enjoyments.
      - [Mutability]

There are obligations to nobility.
  [Lat., Noblesse oblige.]
      - attributed to him by Comte de Laborde in a 1865 notice to the French Historical Society
        [Nobility]

To govern is to choose.
      - [Government]


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