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Jean De La Bruyere Quotes

(1645-1696), French Classical Writer

No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.

Category: Absence

It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.

Category: Action

That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

Category: Altruism

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.

Category: Ambition

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.

Category: Ambition

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.

Category: Bachelor

Grief that is dazed and speechless is out of fashion: the modern woman mourns her husband loudly and tells you the whole story of his death, which distresses her so much that she forgets not the slightest detail about it.

Category: Bereavement

When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.

Category: Books And Reading

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.

Category: Bores And Boredom

It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.

Category: Character

The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?

Category: Charity

Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.

Category: Children

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.

Category: Conversation

If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.

Category: Crime And Criminals

Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.

Category: Critics And Criticism