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JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
French philosopher, moralist and writer
(1645 - 1696)
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Between good sense and good taste there is the difference between cause and effect.
  [Fr., Entre le bon sens et le bon gout il y a la difference de la cause a son effet.]
      - Les Caracteres (XII) [Sense]

Physiognomy is not a guide that has been given us by which to judge of the character of men: it may only serve us for conjecture.
  [Fr., La physionomie n'est pas une regle qui nous soit donnee pour juger des hommes; elle nous peut servir de conjecture.]
      - Les Caracteres (XII) [Character]

The favor of princes does not preclude the existence of merit, and yet does not prove that it exists.
  [Fr., La faveur des princes n'exclut pas le merite, et ne le suppose pas aussi.]
      - Les Caracteres (XII) [Merit]

The opposite of what is noised about concerning men and things is often the truth.
  [Fr., Le contraire des bruits qui courent des affaires ou des personnes est souvent la verite.]
      - Les Caracteres (XII) [Truth]

The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.
  [Fr., Apres l'esprit de discernement, ce qu'il y a au monde de plus rare, ce sont les diamants et les perles.]
      - Les Caracteres (XII)
        [Diamonds : Jewels : Pearls]

The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool.
  [Fr., Du meme fonds dont on neglige un homme de merite l'on sait encore admirer un sot.]
      - Les Caracteres (XII) [Merit]

The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discloses to me His existence.
  [Fr., L'impossibilite ou je suis de prouver que Dieu n'est pas, me decouvre son existence.]
      - Les Caracteres (XVI) [God]

Eloquence may be found in conversations and in all kinds of writings; it is rarely found when looked for, and sometimes discovered where it is least expected.
      - The Characters (ch. I, 55) [Eloquence]

Profane eloquence is transfered from the bar, where Le Maitre, Pucelle, and Fourcroy formerly practised it, and where it has become obsolete, to the Pulpit, where it is out of place.
      - The Characters (ch. XVI, 2) [Eloquence]

A man of moderate Understanding, thinks he writes divinely: A man of good Understanding, thinks he writes reasonably.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. I) [Authorship]

The highest reach of a news-writer is an empty Reasoning on Policy, and vain Conjectures on the public Management.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. I) [Journalism]

The News-writer lies down at Night in great Tranquility, upon a piece of News which corrupts before Morning, and which he is obliged to throw away as soon as he awakes.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. I) [Journalism]

Modesty is to merit, what shade is to figures in a picture; it gives it strength and makes it stand out.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. II, sec. 17) [Modesty]

He must be a dull Fellow indeed, whom neither Love, Malice, nor Necessity, can inspire with Wit.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. IV) [Wit]

Love begins with love.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. IV) [Love]

Time, which strengthens Friendship, weakens Love.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. IV) [Time]

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. IV) [Laughter]

In Friendship we only see those faults which may be prejudicial to our friends. In love we see no faults but those by which we suffer ourselves.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. V) [Friendship]

Love and friendship exclude each other.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. V) [Friendship]

One faithful Friend is enough for a man's self, 'tis much to meet with such an one, yet we can't have too many for the sake of others.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. V) [Friends]

Pure friendship is something which men of an inferior intellect can never taste.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. V) [Friendship]

When a man puts on a Character he is a stranger to, there's as much difference between what he appears, and what he is really in himself, as there is between a VIzor and a Face.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. XI) [Hypocrisy]

Languages are no more than the keys of Sciences. He who despises one, slights the other.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. XII) [Linguists]

A man starts upon a sudden, takes Pen, Ink, and Paper, and without ever having had a thought of it before, resolves within himself he will write a Book; he has no Talent at Writing, but he wants fifty Guineas.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. XV) [Authorship]

'Twas not an Age ago since most of our Books were nothing but Collections of Latin Quotations; there was not above a line or two of French in a Page.
      - The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. XV, Of the Pulpit) [Quotations]


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