Luc Vauvenargues, Marquis de

Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.

The art of pleasing is the art of deceiving.

To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.

Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.

Obscurity is the realm of error.

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.

One promises much, to avoid giving little.

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.

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