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.
Contributed by: Zaady
To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.
Source: Les Caractéres, 1688
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.
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
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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