Magdeleine Sable

c. 1599 - 1678

A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on discovery, discrimination, evil, good, happiness, life, order, perfection, quality, superiority, temperament, vices, and world

There is nothing that does not have something perfect in it; and it is the happiness of good taste to be able to find this perfection in all things. But there is a natural malignity that often discovers a vice in the midst of several virtues, in order to reveal and proclaim the discovery to all the world - a quality that is more the mark of a naturally evil temperament than a superior sense of discrimination. And it is truly an evil lot, to pass one's life always feeding off the imperfections of others.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on foolishness

We must accustom ourselves to the follies of others and not be astonished at the foolishness that takes place in our presence.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on commitment, foolishness, and laughter

The foolish acts of others ought to serve more as a lesson to us than an occasion to laugh at those who commit them.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on character, failure, and fortune

It is a very common failing, never to be pleased with our fortune nor displeased with our character.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on friendship, good, love, and power

Although we should not love our friends for the good that they do us, it is a sign that they do not love us much if they do not do us good when they have the power to do so.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on desires, friendship, good, and needs

We need not regard what good a friend has done us, but only his desire to do us good.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on people, sincerity, and trying

It is a very trying task for deceitful people, always to have to cover up their lack of sincerity and to repair the breaking of their word.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on ability, anxiety, competence, desires, knowledge, and learning

Often the desire to appear competent impedes our ability to become competent, because we more anxious to display our knowledge than to learn what we do not know.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on competence, imperfection, justice, learning, and perfection

We learn as much by others' failings as by their teachings. Examples of imperfection is just as useful for achieving perfection as are models of competence and perfection.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on birth, chastity, christianity, conscience, danger, emotion, feeling, good, heart, imagination, innocence, inventions, life, love, mind, opportunity, order, passion, sacrifice, time, virtue, and world

All the great amusements are dangerous for the Christian life. But among all the amusements that the world has invented, none is to be more feared than the theatre. Drama is such a realistic and sensitive representation of the passions that it excites them, and gives birth to such passions in our heart. This is especially true of the passion of love, chiefly when the playwright presents it as chaste and virtuous; for the more innocent the passion seems to innocent natures, the more capable they are of being touched. At the same time, they form their conscience on the decency of these sentiments, and they imagine that no harm can come from a love so good. So they leave the theatre with their hearts so full of all the sweetness of love, and the mind so convinced of its innocence, that they are ready to receive their first emotions - or, rather, to seek out the opportunity to arouse such feelings in someone's heart, in order to receive the same pleasures and the same sacrifices that they have seen so aptly shown on the stage.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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