Jean de la Bruyere

(Jean de la Bruyère)

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A judge's duty is to grant justice, but his practice is to delay it: even those judges who know their duty adhere to the general practice. Justice & Injustice
A spirit of party and faction sets the great men and the mob on an equal foot. Leaders & Leadership
Even the best-intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgment to hold their tongues. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.
Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them. Human Nature
Party loyalty lowers the greatest of men to the petty level of the masses. Political Parties & Machines
The highest reach of a news-writer is an empty reasoning on policy, and vain conjectures on the public management. Media, Journalism & The Press
There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the stupidity of others. Miscellaneous
To enjoy a prince's favor does not rule out the possibility of merit, but neither does it argue for its existence. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
We come too late to say anything which has not been said already. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly. Power ;Oratory, Discussion & Debate
What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously delivered Oratory, Discussion & Debate
A man can keep another's secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.
A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.
A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.
A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.
A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.
A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future. Future
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us. Future
Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest ma to do.
Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late.
Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.
I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found. Religion & God
If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other. Life
If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction. Death
It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.
It is boorish to live ungraciously: the giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
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.
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.
Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth. Truth
Love and friendship exclude each other. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank. Families, Children & Parenting
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world.
No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.
One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.
Out of difficulties grow miracles. Inspiration
Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father.
The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth. Truth
The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest. Humor
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.
The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation. Death
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Society
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.
The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence. Religion & God
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored. Society
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Literature, Writers & Writing
There are only three events in a man's life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live. Life ;Death
There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience. Patience
There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. Time
Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Friendship
To be among people one loves, that's sufficient; to dream, to speak to them, to be silent among them, to think of indifferent things; but among them, everything is equal.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings. Friendship
Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty.
We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
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.
When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman. Work, Workers & The Labor Force