To accomplish great things we must live as though we had never to die.

[Pour exécuter de grandes choses, il faut vivre comme si on ne devait jamais mourir.]

Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747) French moralist, essayist, soldier
Reflections and Maxims [Réflexions et maximes] (1746) [tr. Lee (1903)]

Alt. trans.:

  • "In order to carry out great enterprises, one must live as if one will never have to die."
  • "In order to achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die."
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 8-Aug-13
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