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French philosopher, moralist and writer
(1645 - 1696)
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The generality of men expend the early part of their lives in contributing to render the latter part miserable.
      - [Indiscretion]

The great charm of conversation consists less in the display of one's own wit and intelligence than in the power to draw forth the resources of others.
      - [Conversation]

The Great slight the men of wit, who have nothing but wit; the men of wit despise the Great, who have nothing but greatness; the good man pities them both, if with greatness or wit they have not virtue.
      - [Virtue]

The greatest part of mankind employ their first years to make their last miserable.
      - [Youth]

The majority of women have no principles of their own; they are guided by the heart, and depend for their own conduct, upon that of the men they love.
      - [Women]

The mind, like all other things, will become impaired, the sciences are its food,--they nourish, but at the same time they consume it.
      - [Mind]

The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.
      - [Self-love]

The most delicate, the most sensible, of all pleasures consists in promoting the pleasures of others.
      - [Pleasure]

The nearer we approach great men, the clearer we see that they are men.
      - [Dignity]

The passion of hatred is so durable and so inveterate that the surest prognostic of death in a sick man is a wish for reconciliation.
      - [Hatred]

The pleasure a man of honor enjoys in the consciousness of having performed his duty is a reward he pays himself for all his pains.
      - [Duty]

The pleasure of criticism takes from us that of being deeply moved by very beautiful things.
      - [Criticism]

The same vices which are huge and insupportable in others we do not feel in ourselves.
      - [Vice]

The sublime only paints the true, and that too in noble objects; it paints it in all its phases, its cause and its effect; it is the most worthy expression or image of this truth. Ordinary minds cannot find out the exact expression, and use synonymes.
      - [Sublimity]

The unfaithful woman, if she is known for such by the person concerned, is only unfaithful. If she is thought faithful, she is perfidious.
      - [Unfaithfulness]

The whole genius of an author consists in describing well, and delineating character well. Homer, Plato, Virgil, Horace only excel other writers by their expressions and images; we must indicate what is true if we mean to write naturally, forcibly and delicately.
      - [Genius]

There are but three general events which happen to mankind: birth, life, and death. Of their birth they are insensible, they suffer when they die, and neglect to live.
      - [Man]

There is a species of ferocity in rejecting indiscriminately all kinds of praises; we should be accessible to those which are given to us by good people, who praise in us sincerely praiseworthy things.
      - [Praise]

There is no employment in the world so laborious as that of making to one's self a great name; life ends before one has scarcely made the first rough draught of his work.
      - [Fame]

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
      - [Patience]

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.
      - [Poverty : Wealth]

There is nothing which continues longer than a moderate fortune; nothing of which one sees sooner the end than a large fortune.
      - [Fortune]

There is speaking well, speaking easily, speaking justly and speaking seasonably: It is offending against the last, to speak of entertainments before the indigent; of sound limbs and health before the infirm; of houses and lands before one who has not so much as a dwelling; in a word, to speak of your prosperity before the miserable; this conversation is cruel, and the comparison which naturally arises in them betwixt their condition and yours is excruciating.
      - [Conversation]

There is what is called the highway to posts and honor, and there is a cross and by way, which is much the shortest.
      - [Popularity]

They do well, or do their duty, who with alacrity do what they ought.
      - [Duty]

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