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LUC DE CLAPIER DE VAUVANARGUES
French moralist
(1715 - 1747)
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Wit does not take the place of knowledge.
      - [Wit]

Clearness marks the sincerity of philosophers.
  [Fr., La clarte est la bonne foi des philosophes.]
      - Pensees Diverses
         (no. 372, Gilbert's ed., 1857, vol. I, p. 475)
        [Philosophy]

If it is true that vice can never be done away with, the science of government consists of making it contribute to the public good.
      - Reflections and Maxims [Government : Vice]

The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.
  [Fr., Le fruit du travail est le plus doux des plaisirs.]
      - Reflexions (200) [Work]

Indolence is the sleep of the mind.
  [Fr., L'indolence est le sommeil des esprits.]
      - Reflexions (390) [Idleness]

Patience is the art of hoping.
  [Fr., La patience est l'art d'esperer.]
      - Reflexions (CCLI) [Patience]

The fool is like those people who think themselves rich with little.
  [Fr., Le sot est comme le peuple, qui se croit riche de peu.]
      - Reflexions (CCLX) [Folly]

We must expect everything and fear everything from time and from men.
  [Fr., Il faut tout attendre et tout craindre du temps et des hommes.]
      - Reflexions (CII) [Fear]

The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good.
  [Fr., Les merchants sont toujours surpris de trouver de l'habilete dans les bons.]
      - Reflexions (CIII) [Ability]

The maxims of men reveal their characters.
  [Fr., Les maximes des hommes decelent leur coeur.]
      - Reflexions (CVII) [Proverbs (General)]

Great thoughts come from the heart.
  [Fr., Les grandes pensees viennent du coeur.]
      - Reflexions (CXXVII) [Thought]

The conscience of the dying belies their life.
  [Fr., La conscience des mourants calomnie leur vie.]
      - Reflexions (CXXXVI) [Conscience]

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it is a proof that it should be rejected.
  [Fr., Lorsqu'une pensee est trop faible pour porter une expression simple, c'est la marque pour la rejeter.]
      - Reflexions (III) [Thought]

It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish.
  [Fr., Il est difficile d'estimer quelqu'un comme il veut l'etre.]
      - Reflexions (LXVII) [Vanity]

Prosperity makes few friends.
  [Fr., La proserite fait peu d'amis.]
      - Reflexions (XVII) [Prosperity]

One can not be just if one is not humane.
  [Lat., On ne peut etre juste si on n'est pas humain.]
      - Reflexions (XXVIII) [Justice]

Clearness ornaments profound thoughts.
  [Fr., La clarte orne les pensees profondes.]
      - Reflexions et Maximes (4) [Style]

Obscurity is the realm of error.
  [Fr., L'obscurite est le royaume de l'erreur.]
      - Reflexions et Maxims (5) [Style]


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