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Jean de La Bruyère Quotes

There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!

~ Jean de La Bruyère

There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the weaknesses of others.

~ Jean de La Bruyère

A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.

~ Jean de La Bruyère

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

~ Jean de La Bruyère

If poverty is the mother of crimes, want of sense is the father.

~ Jean de La Bruyère

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.

~ Jean de La Bruyère
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