Quotes by Jean De La Bruyere

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Out of difficulties grow miracles.

A man can keep a secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other.
Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.
All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker
There are three stages in a person's life, birth, their life and death. They are not conscious of birth submit to death and forget to live.
A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves.
If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.
They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
We are valued in this world at the rate we desire to be valued.
The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation.
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
The spendthrift robs his heirs the miser robs himself.
The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.
One should never risk a joke, even of the mildest and most unexceptional charters, except among people of culture and wit.
A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.
I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.
The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
A slave has but one master. An ambitious man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.

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