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NICOLAS BOILEAU-DESPREAUX
French poet, critic and satirist
(1636 - 1711)
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Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
  [Fr., Hatez-vous lentement; et, sans perdre courage,
    Vingt fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage.]
      - L'art Poetique (l. 171) [Work]

To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church.
  [Fr., Pour soutenir tes droits, que le ciel autorise,
    Abime tout plutot; c'est l'esprit de l'Eglise.]
      - Lutrin (chant I, 185) [Churches]

A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.
  [Fr., Un diner rechauffe ne valut jamais rien.]
      - Lutrin (I, 104) [Eating]

Can such bitterness enter into the heart of the devout?
  [Fr., Tant de fiel entre-t-il dans l'ame des devots?]
      - Lutrin (I, 12) [Religion]

I can call nothing by name if that is not his name. I call a cat a cat, and Rollet a rogue.
  [Fr., Je ne puis rien nommer si ce n'est par son nom;
    J'appelle un chat un chat, et Rollet un fripon.]
      - Satires (I, 51) [Names]

He [Moliere] pleases every one but can not please himself.
  [Fr., Il plait a tout le monde et ne saurait se plaire.]
      - Satires (II) [Satisfaction]

Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul.
  [Fr., La vertu d'un coeur noble est la marque certaine.]
      - Satires (V, 42) [Virtue]

Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
  [Fr., L'or meme a la laideur donne un teint de beaute:
    Mais tout devient affreux avec la pauvrete.]
      - Satires (VIII, 209) [Poverty]

Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside.
  [Fr., L'honneur est comme une ile escarpee et sans bords;
    On n'y peut plus rentrer des qu'on en est dehors.]
      - Satires (X, 167) [Honor]

Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.
      - The Art of Poetry (canto III, l. 374)
        [Pleasure]


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