Jean de la Bruyère (French: [ʒɑ̃ də la bʁyjɛʁ]; 16 August 1645 – 11 May 1696) was a French philosopher and moralist, who was noted for his satire.
Love has this in common with scruples, that it becomes embittered by the reflections and the thoughts that beset us to free ourselves.
If a handsome woman allows that another woman is beautiful, we may safely conclude she excels her.
The most delicate, the most sensible of all pleasures, consists in promoting the pleasure of others.
There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others.
Life at court does not satisfy a man, but it keeps him from being satisfied with anything else.
The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.
False glory is the rock of vanity; it seduces men to affect esteem by things which they indeed possess, but which are frivolous, and which for a man to value himself on would be a scandalous error.
The same vices which are huge and insupportable in others we do not feel in ourselves.
There is no excess in the world so commendable as excessive gratitude.
Logic is the art of making truth prevail.
The greatest part of mankind employ their first years to make their last miserable.
It is weakness which makes us hate an enemy and seek revenge, and it is idleness that pacifies us and causes us to neglect it.
No road is to long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it
In art them is a point of perfection, as of goodness or maturity in nature; he who is able to perceive it, and who loves it, has perfect taste; he who does not feel it, or loves on this side or that, has an imperfect taste.
The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls. [Fr. , Apres l'esprit de discernement, ce qu'il y a au monde de plus rare, ce sont les diamants et les perles. ]
No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends as to give them no cause to miss him less.
Duty is what goes most against the grain, because in doing that we do only what we are strictly obliged to, and are seldom much praised for it.
A coxcomb is the blockhead's man of merit.
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.
The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.
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