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French philosopher and essayist
(1533 - 1592)
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The most universal quality is diversity.
      - [Variety]

The only good histories are those written by those who had command in the events they describe.
      - [History]

The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learnt to die has forgot to serve.
      - [Death]

The reason why borrowed books are so seldom returned to their owners is that it is much easier to retain the books than what is in them.
      - [Borrowing]

The receipts of cookery are swelled to a volume, but a good stomach excels them all; to which nothing contributes more than industry and temperance.
      - [Temperance]

The recognition of virtue is not less valuable from the lips of the man who hates it, since truth forces him to acknowledge it; and though he may be unwilling to take it into his inmost soul, he at least decks himself out in its trappings.
      - [Virtue]

The shortest way to arrive at glory should be to do that for conscience which we do for glory. And the virtue of Alexander appears to me with much less vigor in his theater than that of Socrates in his mean and obscure. I can easily conceive Socrates in the place of Alexander, but Alexander in that of Socrates I cannot.
      - [Glory]

The virtue of the soul does not consist in flying high, but walking orderly; its grandeur does not exercise itself in grandeur, but in mediocrity.
      - [Mediocrity]

The vulgar and common esteem is seldom happy in hitting right; and I am much mistaken if, amongst the writings of my time, the worst are not those which have most gained the popular applause.
      - [Popularity]

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
      - [Soul]

The way of the world is to make laws, but follow customs.
      - [Custom]

There are as many and innumerable degrees of wit, as there are cubits between this and heaven.
      - [Wit]

There is no passion that so much transports men from their right judgments as anger. No one would demur upon punishing a judge with death who should condemn a criminal upon the account of his own choler; why then should fathers and pedants be any more allowed to whip and chastise children in their anger? It is then no longer correction bat revenge. Chastisement is instead of physic to children; and should we suffer a physician who should be animated against and enraged at his patient?
      - [Anger]

There is no virtue which does not rejoice a well-descended nature; there is a kind of I know not what congratulation in well-doing, that gives us an inward satisfaction, and a certain generous boldness that accompanies a good conscience.
      - [Virtue]

There is not one of us that would not be worse than kings, if so continually corrupted as they are with a sort of vermin called flatterers.
      - [Flattery]

There is nothing of evil in life for him who rightly comprehends that death is no evil; to know how to die delivers us from all subjection and constraint.
      - [Death]

There is nothing which so poisons princes as flattery, nor anything whereby wicked men more easily obtain credit and favor with them.
      - [Flattery]

Those who give the first shock to a state are naturally the first to be overwhelmed in its ruin. The fruits of public commotion are seldom enjoyed by the man who was the first to set it a going; he only troubles the water for another's net.
      - [Revolution]

Time steals away without any inconvenience.
      - [Time]

To divert myself from a troublesome fancy, it is but to run to my books; they presently fix me to them, and drive the other out of my thoughts, and do not mutiny to see that I have only recourse to them for want of other more, real, natural, and lively conveniences; they always receive me with the same kindness.
      - [Books]

To how many blockheads of my time has a cold and taciturn demeanor procured the credit of prudence and capacity!
      - [Gravity]

Truth and reason are common to everyone, and are no more his who spake them first than his who speaks them after.
      - [Truth]

Valor is stability, not of arms and of legs, but of courage and the soul.
      - [Valor]

Vexations may be petty, but they are vexations still.
      - [Vexation]

Vice leaves repentance in the soul, like an ulcer in the flesh, which is always scratching and lacerating itself; for reason effaces all other griefs and sorrows, but it begets that of repentance.
      - [Repentance]

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