Quotes by Marquis De Vauvenargues

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Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.
Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time.
There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.
Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.
Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.
When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.
The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
Those who can bear all can dare all.
Vice stirs up war, virtue fights.
Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.
One promises much, to avoid giving little.
The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
The art of pleasing is the art of deception.
You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.
The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
To possess taste, one must have some soul.
The idle always have a mind to do something.
We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.
Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.
We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.
If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.
Of all pleasures the fruit of labor is the sweetest.