Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

1636 - 1711

A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on words

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Whate'er is well conceived is clearly said, And the words to say it flow with ease.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: The Art of Poetry, 1674

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on age, lies, sage, and wisdom

In spite of every sage whom Greece can show, Unerring wisdom never dwelt below; Folly in all of every age we see, The only difference lies in the degree.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on satisfaction

Greatest fools are oft most satisfied.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on happiness

Happy who in his verse can gently steer From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: The Art of Poetry, 1674

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on earth

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Of all the creatures that creep, swim, or fly, Peopling the earth, the waters, and the sky, From Rome to Iceland, Paris to Japan, I really think the greatest fool is man.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on heroism and life

If your descent is from heroic sires, Show in your life a remnant of their fires.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on honor

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Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach, once we have left it, we can never return.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

The terrible burden of having nothing to do.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Epistle II

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on world

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He [Moliere] pleases all the world, but can- not please himself.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on age, style, and wit

Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: The Art of Poetry, 1674

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