Jean de La Bruyere

1645 - 1696

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.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on thought

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Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on friendship, love, and time

Time, which strengthens friendship, weakens love.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres, 1688

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on authors, books, and wit

Making a book is a craft, as is making a clock; it takes more than wit to become an author.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on glory, men, and merit

It is the glory and merit of some men to write well and of others not to write at all.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on misfortune and solitude

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on stupidity and world

There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on laughter, men, and privilege

To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres, 1688

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on gifts and giving

Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well timed.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres, 1688

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