To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.
Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)
Source: Les Caractéres, 1688
Contributed by: Zaady
Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well timed.
Children have neither past nor future; and that which seldom happens to us, they rejoice in the present.
We come too late to say anything which has not been said already.
The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yours.
Source: The Theophrastus of France, 1688.
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.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.
The very impossibility which I find to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.
Source: today’s thought, newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection
Between good sense and good taste there is the same difference as between cause and effect.
Source: Les Caractéres
There are but three events in a man's life, birth, life and death. He is conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.
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