Jean De La Bruyere Quotes & Wallpapers

Jean De La Bruyere
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We are valued in this world at the rate we desire to be valued. Jean De La Bruyere

Don't wait to be happy to laugh... You may die and never have laughed. Jean De La Bruyere

There are some who speak one moment before they think Jean De La Bruyere

It is the glory and merit of some men to write well and of others not to write at all. Jean De La Bruyere

A person's worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves. Jean De La Bruyere

We never love heartily but once, and that is the first time we love. Jean De La Bruyere

Physiognomy is not a guide that has been given us by which to judge of the character of men: it may only serve us for conjecture. Jean De La Bruyere

The same principle leads us to neglect a man of merit that induces us to admire a fool. Jean De La Bruyere

There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it. Jean De La Bruyere

Nothing more clearly shows how little God esteems his gift to men of wealth, money, position and other worldly goods, than the way he distributes these, and the sort of men who are most amply provided with them. Jean De La Bruyere

Grief that is dazed and speechless is out of fashion: the modern woman mourns her husband loudly and tells you the whole story of his death, which distresses her so much that she forgets not the slightest detail about it. Jean De La Bruyere

It is a proof of boorishness to confer a favor with a bad grace; it is the act of giving that is hard and painful. How little does a smile cost? Jean De La Bruyere

A vain man finds his account in speaking good or evil of himself. Jean De La Bruyere

A woman is easily governed, if a man takes her in hand. Jean De La Bruyere

The majority of women have no principles of their own; they are guided by the heart, and depend for their own conduct, upon that of the men they love. Jean De La Bruyere

A good author, and one who writes carefully, often discovers that the expression of which he has been in search without being able to discover it, and which he has at last found, is that which was the most simple, the most natural, and which seems as if it ought to have presented itself at once, without effort, to the mind. Jean De La Bruyere

If it is true that one is poor on account of all the things one wants, the ambitious and the avaricious languish in extreme poverty. Jean De La Bruyere

The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things. Jean De La Bruyere

Born merely for the purpose of digestion. Jean De La Bruyere

Profound ignorance makes a man dogmatic. The man who knows nothing thinks he is teaching others what he has just learned himself; the man who knows a great deal can't imagine that what he is saying is not common knowledge, and speaks more indifferently. Jean De La Bruyere

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues. Jean De La Bruyere

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things. Jean De La Bruyere

No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less. Jean De La Bruyere

It is boorish to live ungraciously: the giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile? Jean De La Bruyere

One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories. Jean De La Bruyere

We come too late to say anything which has not been said already. Jean De La Bruyere

False greatness is unsociable and remote: conscious of its own frailty, it hides, or at least averts its face, and reveals itself only enough to create an illusion and not be recognized as the meanness that it really is. True greatness is free, kind, familiar and popular; it lets itself be touched and handled, it loses nothing by being seen at close quarters; the better one knows it, the more one admires it. Jean De La Bruyere

If you wish to be held in esteem, you must ssociate only with those who estimable. Jean De La Bruyere

A look of intelligence is what regularity of features is to women: it is a styule of beauty to which the most vain may aspire. Jean De La Bruyere

Where a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and courageous feelings, seek for no other rule to judge the event by; it is good and made by a good workman. Jean De La Bruyere

A good saying often runs the risk of being thrown away when quoted as the speaker's own. Jean De La Bruyere

The News-writer lies down at Night in great Tranquility, upon a piece of News which corrupts before Morning, and which he is obliged to throw away as soon as he awakes. Jean De La Bruyere

Party loyalty lowers the greatest men to the petty level of the masses. Jean De La Bruyere

High birth is a gift of fortune which should never challenge esteem towards those who receive it, since it costs them neither study nor labor. Jean De La Bruyere

A lovely countenance is the fairest of all sights, and the sweetest harmony is the sound of the voice of her whom we love. Jean De La Bruyere

Rarely do they appear great before their valets. [Fr., Rarement ils sont grands vis-a-vis de leur valets-de-chambre.] Jean De La Bruyere

Jesting, often, only proves a want of intellect. [Fr., La moquerie est souvent une indigence d'esprit.] Jean De La Bruyere

Politeness does not always inspire goodness, equity, complaisance, and gratitude; it gives at least the appearance of these qualities, and makes man appear outwardly, as he should be within. Jean De La Bruyere

Praise, of all things, is the most powerful excitement to commendable actions, and animates us in our enterprises. Jean De La Bruyere

Most men employ the first part of life to make the other part miserable. [Fr., La plupart des hommes emploient la premiere part vie a rendre l'autre miserable.] Jean De La Bruyere

There are but two ways of rising in the world: either by one's own industry or profiting by the foolishness of others. [Fr., Il n'y a au monde que deux manieres de s'elever, ou par sa propre industrie, ou par l'imbecilite des autres.] Jean De La Bruyere

A coxcomb is one whom simpletons believe to be a man of merit. Jean De La Bruyere

We must confess that at present the rich predominate, but the future will be for the virtuous and ingenious. Jean De La Bruyere

There are some men who turn a deaf ear to reason and good advice, and wilfully go wrong for fear of being controlled. Jean De La Bruyere

We never deceive for a good purpose: knavery adds malice to falsehood. Jean De La Bruyere

There exist some evils so terrible and some misfortunes so horrible that we dare not think of them, whilst their very aspect makes us shudder; but if they happen to fall on us, we find ourselves stronger than we imagined, we grapple with our ill luck, and behave better than we expected we should. Jean De La Bruyere

To delay is injustice. Jean De La Bruyere

A man can deceive a woman by his sham attachment to her provided he does not have a real attachment elsewhere. Jean De La Bruyere

If it be true that a man is rich who wants nothing, a wise man is a very rich man. Jean De La Bruyere

Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker. Jean De La Bruyere

It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. Jean De La Bruyere

One must laugh before one is happy, or one may die without ever laughing at all. Jean De La Bruyere

They that have lived a single day have lived an age. Jean De La Bruyere

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk. Jean De La Bruyere

We should like those whom we love to receive all their happiness, or, if this were impossible, all their unhappiness from our hands. Jean De La Bruyere

I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture. MARTIN LUTHER, letter to Chancellor Gregory Bruck, January 13, 1524 Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank. Jean De La Bruyere

When we lavish our money we rob our heir; when we merely save it we rob ourselves. Jean De La Bruyere

When, after having read a work, loftier thoughts arise in your mind and noble and heartfelt feelings animate you, do not look for any other rule to judge it by; it is fine and written in a masterly manner. Jean De La Bruyere

If a secret is revealed, the person who has confided it to another is to be blamed. Jean De La Bruyere

No vice exists which does not pretend to be more or less like some virtue, and which does not take advantage of this assumed resemblance. Jean De La Bruyere

It is no more in our power to love always than it was not to love at all. Jean De La Bruyere

When a plain-looking woman is loved, it is certain to be very passionately ; for either her influence on her lover is irresistible, or she has some secret and more irresistible charms than those of beauty. Jean De La Bruyere

Banter is often a proof of want of intelligence. Jean De La Bruyere

Courtly manners are contagious; they are caught at Versailles. Jean De La Bruyere

Love, slow and gradual in its growth, is too much like friendship ever to be a violent passion. Jean De La Bruyere

There is a pleasure in meeting the glance of a person whom we have lately laid under some obligations. Jean De La Bruyere

A man who has schemed for some time can no longer do without it; all other ways of living are to him dull and insipid. Jean De La Bruyere

It is difficult for a proud man ever to forgive a person who has found him at fault, and who has good grounds for complaining of him; his pride is not assuaged till he has regained the advantages he lost and put the other person in the wrong. Jean De La Bruyere

We seek our happiness outside ourselves, and in the opinion of men we know to be flatterers, insincere, unjust, full of envy, caprice and prejudice. Jean De La Bruyere

He who can wait for what he desires takes the course not to be exceedingly grieved if he fails of it; he, on the contrary, who labors after a thing too impatiently thinks the success when it comes is not a recompense equal to all the pains he has been at about it. Jean De La Bruyere



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