Joseph Roux

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The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
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Joseph Roux (1725-1793) was a French cartographer and hydrographer[1]. He is also considered the originator of modern ship portraiture[2]. In 1764 he published 12 charts and an atlas of Mediterranean harbors[3][4].

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  • We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
  • Our experience is composed rathery of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
  • Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
  • The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
  • The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.

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