Luc de Clapiers
The conscience of the dying belies their life.
To possess taste, one must have some soul.
The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
The fool is like those people who think themselves rich with little.
To execute great things, one should live as though one would never die.
The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
Those who can bear all can dare all.
You must rouse into people’s consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.
Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
It is difficult to esteem a man as highly as he would wish.
You are not born for fame if you don’t know the value of time.
The idle always have a mind to do something.