Jean de la Bruyere

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We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.

Jean de la Bruyere

Out of difficulties grow miracles.

Jean de la Bruyere

There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others.

Jean de la Bruyere

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

Jean de la Bruyere

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

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All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

Jean de la Bruyere

Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.

Jean de la Bruyere

The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.

Jean de la Bruyere

We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.

Jean de la Bruyere

As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.

Jean de la Bruyere

If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.

Jean de la Bruyere

A man can keep another's secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.

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

A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.

Jean de la Bruyere

It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.

Jean de la Bruyere

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.

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

There are only three events in a man's life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.

Jean de la Bruyere

Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several--from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.

Jean de la Bruyere

Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.

Jean de la Bruyere

The pleasure of criticizing robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.

Jean de la Bruyere

A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.

Jean de la Bruyere

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.

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

Jean de la Bruyere

A pious man is one who would be an athiest if the king were.

Jean de La Bruyere
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