Monday, August 16, 2010

Meandering here and there . . .

Today is the birthday of Jean de La Bruyère (August 16, 1645 – May 10, 1696), essayist and moralist.

"It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgment to hold their tongues." - Jean de La Bruyère

"False greatness is unsociable and remote: conscious of its own frailty, it hides, or at least averts its face, and reveals itself only enough to create an illusion and not be recognized as the meanness that it really is. True greatness is free, kind, familiar and popular; it lets itself be touched and handled, it loses nothing by being seen at close quarters; the better one knows it, the more one admires it." - Jean de La Bruyère

"The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you." - Jean de La Bruyère

"One must laugh before one is happy, or one may die without ever laughing at all." - Jean de La Bruyère

"Out of difficulties grow miracles." - Jean de La Bruyère

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