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 :: 1645-1696, French Writer

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From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Excellence]

 

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Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Generosity]

 

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Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Grief]

 

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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 - [Bereavement]

 

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I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [God]

 

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If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Life and Living]

 

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If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Crime and Criminals]

 

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If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Death and Dying]

 

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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 - [Character]

 

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It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Writers and Writing]

 

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It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Action]

 

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Jesting is often only indigence of intellect.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Jest]

 

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Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Generosity]

 

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Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Public Office]

 

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Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Writers and Writing]

 

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Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Marriage]

 

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Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Ridicule]

 

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

 

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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 - [Riches]

 

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One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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