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)]
Added on 12-Feb-10 | Last updated 14-Jan-16
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