Jean de La Bruyere

1645 - 1696

A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on wishes and world

Every man is valued in this world as he shows by his conduct that he wishes to be valued.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on life and men

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Most men make use of the first part of their life to render the last part miserable.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres, 1688

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on patience and preparation

No road is too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; and no honors are too distant for the man who prepares himself for them with patience.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on danger, good, happiness, and opportunity

How happy the station which every moment furnishes opportunities of doing good to thousands! How dangerous that which every moment exposes to the injuring of millions!

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on judgment, men, and wit

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor judgment to hold their tongues.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: today’s thought, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on ambition, fortune, and slavery

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on existence, god, and impossibility

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

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: today’s thought, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on good

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Between good sense and good taste there is the same difference as between cause and effect.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on death and men

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As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on chance, day, facts, justice, life, mistakes, mountains, people, relaxation, time, and trouble

If I had my life to live over I'd like to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual trouble, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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