Quotes by Nicholas Boileau

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Nicolas Boileau-Despraux, commonly called Boileau, (November 1, 1636 - March 13, 1711) was a French poet and critic.

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If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.

No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.
Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.
A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.
He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.
Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.