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Nicholas Boileau Quotes

(1636-1711), French Literary Poet, Critic

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

Category: Ancestry

A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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

Category: Honor

Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.

Category: Praise

Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.

Category: Praise

Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.

Category: Reason

What is conceived well is expressed clearly.

Category: Simplicity

The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.

Category: Wisdom

He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.

Category: Writers And Writing

No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.

Category: Writers And Writing