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ANTOINE DE RIVAROL, COMTE DE RIVAROL
French journalist, critic, writer and epigrammatist
(1753 - 1801)
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A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a fool's coat still.
      - [Dandy]

Axioms are delightful in theory, but impossible in practice.
      - [Maxims]

Brave men do not boast nor bluster. Deeds, not words, speak for such.
      - [Bravery]

Extremes produce reaction. Beware that our boasted civilization does not lapse into barbarism.
      - [Civilization]

Familiarity is the root of the closest friendships, as well as the intensest hatreds.
      - [Familiarity]

Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls.
      - [Gold]

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
      - [Tears]

History is only time furnished with dates and rich with events.
      - [History]

If poverty makes man groan, he yawns in opulence. When fortune exempts us from labor, nature overwhelms us with time.
      - [Compensation]

In general, indulgence for those we know is rarer than pity for those we know not.
      - [Clemency]

Indolence and stupidity are first cousins.
      - [Indolence]

It has been very truly said that the mob has many heads, but no brains.
      - [Mob]

It is a notable circumstance that mothers who are themselves open to severe comments as to their, moral character, are generally most solicitous as to the virtuous behavior of their daughters.
      - [Morality]

It is not he who searches for praise who finds it.
      - [Praise]

It is said that friendship between women is only a suspension of hostilities.
      - [Friendship]

It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.
      - [Mystery]

Mind is the partial side of men; the heart is everything.
      - [Heart]

Mutability is written upon all things.
      - [Decay]

Oblivion is the rule, and fame the exception, of humanity.
      - [Oblivion]

Obtuseness is sometimes a virtue.
      - [Obtuseness]

Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.
      - [Gossip]

Opinions, theories, and systems pass by turns over the grindstone of time, which at first gives them brilliancy and sharpness, but finally wears them out.
      - [Time]

Poverty treads close upon the heels of great and unexpected wealth.
      - [Wealth]

Reason is an historian, but the passions are actors.
      - [Reason]

Rumor, once started, rushes on like a river, until it mingles with, and is lost in the sea.
      - [Rumor]


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