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We seldom regret talking too little, but very often talking too much. This is a well-known maxim which everybody knows and nobody practices.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of Mankind,” #149, The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688) [tr. van Laun (1929)]
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The first thing men do when they have renounced pleasure, through decency, lassitude, or for the sake of health, is to condemn it in others. Such conduct denotes a kind of latent affection for the very things they left off; they would like no one to enjoy a pleasure they can no longer indulge in; and thus they show their feelings of jealousy.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of Mankind,” The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)

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The first thing men do when they have renounced pleasure, through decency, lassitude, or for the sake of health, is to condemn it in others. Such conduct denotes a kind of latent affection for the very things they left off; they would like no one to enjoy a pleasure they can no longer indulge in; and thus they show their feelings of jealousy.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of Mankind,” The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)
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The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of Society and of Conversation,” The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688) [tr. H. van Laun (1929)]
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A man has made great progess in cunning when he does not seem too clever to others.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of the Court,” The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)
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There are but two ways of rising in the world: either by your own industry or by the folly of others.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of the Gifts of Fortune” (52). The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688) [tr van Laun (1929)]
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The sweetest music is the sound of the voice of the woman we love.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
“Of Women” (10), The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688) [tr. van Laun (1929)]
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The finest pleasure is kindness to others.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
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Most men make use of the first part of their life to render the last part miserable.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
Les Caractères, “De l’Homme” (1688)
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Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)
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All men’s misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)
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If we heard it said of Orientals that they habitulally drank a liquor which went to their heads, deprived them of reason and made them vomit, we should say, “How very barbarous!”

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)
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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.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
The Characters [Les Caractères] (1688)
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