Jean de La Bruyere

1645 - 1696

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 beginning, love, and lovers

At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on desires, failure, labor, and success

He who can wait for what he desires takes the course not to be exceedingly grieved if he fails of it; he, on the contrary, who labors after a thing too impatiently thinks the success when it comes is not a recompense equal to all the pains he has been at about it.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on comedy, life, and tragedy

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on hatred and men

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All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on children, future, past, and present

Children have neither past nor future; and that which seldom happens to us, they rejoice in the present.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére

We come too late to say anything which has not been said already.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres, 1688

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on fortune, interest, and people

The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on fortune and poverty

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads on the heels of great and unexpected riches.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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