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Vauvenargues

1715-1747 ,  French author of maxims
VauvenarguesLuc de Clapiers, marquis of Vauvenargues was a French writer , moralist and aphorist. He has left few writings, but which have attracted considerable interest.
His main work has been a moderately successful book, which grew in esteem with time, Introduction à la connaissance de l’esprit humain, suivie de réflexions et de maximes (1746; “Introduction to an Understanding of the Human Mind, Followed by Reflections and Maxims”). It consisted of the title essay and some 700 maxims, aphorisms, and reflections.

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Great thoughts come from the heart.


Necessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice.


Those who fear men like laws.


In order 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.


Mercy is of greater value than justice.


It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has made nothing equal, her sovereign law is subordination and dependence.


Patience is the art of hoping.


The art of pleasing is the art of deception.


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


One promises much, to avoid giving little.


Few maxims are true in every respect.


We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.


Those who can bear all can dare all.


The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.


The lazy always have in mind to do something.


Nothing but courage can guide life.


There are many things we despise in order that we may not have to despise ourselves.


The counsels of the old, like the winter sun, shine, but give no heat.












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