Aphorisms by author: Jean de La Bruyere

Physiognomy is not a guide that has been given us to judge of the character of men: it may only serve us for conjecture.
By theme : Psychology Wisdom
A man`s worth is estimated in this world according to his conduct.
By theme : Behavior Society
Time, which strengthens friendship, weakens love.
By theme : Friendship Love Time
It is a sad thing when men have neither wit to speak well nor judgment to hold their tongues.
By theme : Wit
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
By theme : Behavior Time
Talent, taste, wit, good sense are very different things, but by no means incompatible. Between good sense and good taste there exists the same difference as between cause and effect, and between wit and talent there is the same proportion as between a whole and its parts.
By theme : Reason Wisdom
Most men employ the first part of life to make the other part miserable.
By theme : Behavior Life
To endeavor to forget anyone is a certain way of thinking of nothing else.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Reason
For a woman to be at once a coquette and a bigot is more than the humblest of husbands can bear; she should mercifully choose between the two.
By theme : Behavior Women
A lovely countenance is the fairest of all sights, and the sweetest harmony is the sound of the voice of her whom we love.
By theme : Love
An inconstant woman is one who is no longer in love; a false woman is one who is already in love with another person; a fickle woman is she who neither knows whom she loves nor whether she loves or not; and the indifferent woman, one who does not love at all.
By theme : Love Women
Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
By theme : Marriage Men
He who has lived a day has lived an age.
By theme : Life Philosophy
The events we most desire do not happen; or, if they do, it is neither in the time nor in the circumstances when they would have given us extreme pleasure.
By theme : Life
To be deprived of the person we love is happiness in comparison to living with one we hate.
By theme : Feelings Relations
Love seizes on us suddenly, without giving warning, and our disposition or our weakness favors the surprise; one look, one glance from the fair, fixes and determines us. Friendship, on the contrary, is a long time forming; it is of slow growth, through many trials and months of familiarity.
By theme : Friendship Love
Women are extreme in all points. They are better or worse than men.
By theme : Men Women
Death never happens but once, yet we feel it every moment of our lives.
By theme : Death Life
Let us not envy some men their accumulated riches; their burden would be too heavy for us; we could not sacrifice, as they do, health, quiet, honor, and conscience, to obtain them: it is to pay so dear for them, that the bargain is a loss.
By theme : Wealth
The same vices, which are huge and insupportable in others, we do not feel in ourselves.
By theme : Psychology Vice
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