Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues

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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
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Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues (6 August 171528 May 1747) was a French moralist, essayist, and miscellaneous writer.

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  • 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).

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  • Those who fear men like laws.
    • Réflexions (1746).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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