Magdeleine Sable

c. 1599 - 1678

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 belief, confession, criticism, faults, kindness, order, reason, suffering, vanity, and wishes

There is no more reason to accuse ourselves excessively of our failings than to excuse them overmuch. He who goes overboard in self-criticism often does so in order not to suffer others' criticisms, or else does so out of a kind of vanity that wishes to make others believe that he knows how to confess his faults.

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 fashion, people, praise, and time

It is neither a great praise nor a great blame when people say a tendency is in or out of fashion. If a tendency is as it should be at one time, it is always as it should be.

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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