Marquis de Vauvenargues Quotes

Who is Marquis de Vauvenargues?

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues was a French writer, philosopher and moralist. Vauvenargues published a collection of aphorisms encouraged by his friend Voltaire in 1746. He died untimely at the age of 31.

Born August 06, 1715
Died May 28, 1747

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“Clarity adorns deep thoughts.”

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

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

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

“Indolence is the sleep of spirits.”

“Invention is the only proof of genius.”

“Is it against reason or justice to love oneself? And why do we want self-love to always be a vice?”

“It is good to be firm by temperament, and flexible by thought.”

“Loneliness is to the mind what diet is to the body.”

“Love is not so delicate as self-love.”

“Solitude powerfully tempts chastity.”

“The advice of old age illuminates without overheating, like the winter sun.”

“The fruit of labor is the sweetest of pleasures.”

“The goal of skill is to rule without force.”

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“The greatest perfection of the soul is to be capable of pleasure.”

“The most ridiculous and daring hopes have sometimes been the cause of extraordinary successes.”

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“There are people who live happily without knowing it.”

“There is more severity than justice.”

“There is no age or people that has not established imaginary virtues and vices.”

“There is no injury that cannot be forgiven when one has avenged oneself.”

“We notice many vices, to admit few virtues.”

“When beauty reigns in the eyes, it is likely to reign elsewhere.”

“Who knows how to suffer everything can dare everything.”

“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.”

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“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.”

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