Marquis de Vauvenargues Quotes


Best 90 Quotes by Marquis de Vauvenargues – Page 1 of 3

“A liar is a man who does now know how to deceive, a flatterer one who only deceives fools: he who knows how to make skilful use of the truth, and understands its eloquence, can alone pride himself in cleverness.”

“Action makes more fortune than caution.”

“All grand thoughts come from the heart.”

“All that is unfair, offends us if it's not beneficial for us.”

“As a house implies a builder, and a garment a weaver, and a door a carpenter, so does the existence of the Universe imply a Creator.”

“As it is natural to believe many things without proof, so, despite all proof, is it natural to disbelieve others.”

“Between kings, between peoples, between individuals, the stronger gives itself rights over the weaker, and the same rule is followed by animals, by matter, by the elements, etc., so that everything is carried out in the universe by violence; and this order, which we blame with some appearance of justice, is the most general, the most absolute, the most immutable, and the oldest law in nature.”

“Clarity adorns deep thoughts.”

“Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.”

“Consciousness of our powers augments them.”

“Contempt of our nature is an error of our reason.”

“Emotions have taught mankind to reason.”

“Everyone is born sincere and dies deceivers.”

“Faith is the consolation of the wretched and the terror of the happy.”

“Generosity suffers from the evils of others, as if it were responsible for them.”

“Give help rather than advice.”

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“Great men undertake great things, because they are great; and fools, because they think they are easy.”

“Great men, like nature, use simple language.”

“Great thoughts come from the heart”

“Habit is everything, even in love.”

“He who knows how to suffer everything can dare everything.”

“However we may be reproached for our vanity we sometimes need to be assured of our merits and to have our most obvious advantages pointed out to us.”

“I wish with all my heart that all conditions were equal; I would much rather have no inferiors than recognize a single man above me Nothing is so specious, in speculation, as equality; but nothing is more impracticable and more chimerical.”

“If a man is endowed with a noble and courageous soul, if he is painstaking, proud, ambitious, without meanness, of a profound a deep-seated intelligence, I dare assert that he lacks nothing to be neglected by the great and men in high office, who fear, more than other men, those whom they cannot dominate.”

“If anyone accuses me of contradicting myself, I shall reply; I have been wrong once or more often, however I do not aspire to be always wrong.”

“If passion sometimes counsels greater boldness than does reflection, it gives more strength to execute it.”

“In a way, the main fault of all books is that they are too long.”

“Indolence is the sleep of spirits.”

“Indolence is the sleep of the mind.”

“Invention is the only proof of genius.”

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