Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.Thomas Hobbes
- Les grandes pensées viennent du coeur.
- Translated: Great thoughts come from the heart.
- Maxim cxxvii in Réflexions et maximes ("Reflections and Maxims") (1746). Compare: "High-erected thoughts seated in the heart of courtesy", Sir Philip Sidney, Defence of Poesy (1581, published 1595).
- Those who fear men like laws.
- Réflexions (1746).
- Pour exécuter de grandes choses, il faut vivre comme si on ne devait jamais mourir.
- Translated: In order to achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die.
- L'espérance fait plus de dupes que l'habileté.
- Translated: Hope deceives more men than cunning does.
- 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 deception.
- The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
- When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.
- Emotion has taught mankind to reason.
- Lazy people are always looking for something to do.
- He who knows how to suffer everything can risk everything.