Jean La Bruyere Quotes

Jean La Bruyere

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As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.

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A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aide may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.

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Cunning leads to knavery. - It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. - Only lying makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.

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Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.

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It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.

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Silence is the wit of fools.

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Love lessens a woman's delicacy and increases a man's.

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A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.

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The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.

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