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MARQUIS STANISLAS JEAN DE BOUFFLERS
French poet
(1738 - 1815)

A pedant is a precocious old man.
      - [Pedantry]

Conscience is the living law, and honor is to this law what piety is to religion.
      - [Conscience]

Constancy is a saint without a worshiper.
      - [Constancy]

Glory is safe when it is deserved; it is not so with popularity; one lasts like a mosaic, the other is effaced like a crayon drawing.
      - [Glory]

How beautiful is victory, but how dear!
      - [Victory]

How grand is victory, but how dear!
      - [Conquest]

If we are told a man is religious, we still ask what are his morals.
      - [Morality]

Ignorance is a prolonged infancy only deprived of its charm.
      - [Ignorance]

It is not advice, but approval, which we crave.
      - [Advice]

Jealousy is the sister of love, as the devil is the brother of angels.
      - [Jealousy]

Men may be ungrateful, but the human race is not so.
      - [Ingratitude]

Morality has need, that it may be well received, of the mask of fable and the charm of poetry: truth pleases less when it is naked; and it is the only virgin whom we best like to see a little clothed.
      - [Truth]

Oblivion is a second death, which great minds dread more than the first.
      - [Oblivion]

Pleasure is the flower that fades; remembrance is the lasting perfume.
      - [Retrospection]

Taste is the mind's tact.
      - [Taste]

The greatest of all pleasures is to give pleasure to one whom we love.
      - [Pleasure]

The higher we rise the more isolated we become; and all elevations are cold.
      - [Position]

The warrior who cultivates his mind polishes his arms.
      - [Soldiers]

The zero of friendship's thermometer.
      - [Politeness]

There is enjoyment even in sadness; and the same souvenirs which have produced long regrets may also soften them.
      - [Sorrow]

Wisdom no more consists in science than happiness in wealth.
      - [Wisdom]


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