Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues Quotes

There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything.

I sometimes say to myself: “Life is too short to be worth troubling about.” Yet if a bore calls on me, prevents me from going out or attending to my affairs, I lose patience and cannot endure it for half an hour.

There is nothing that fear and hope does not make men believe.

Our errors and our controversies, in the sphere of morality, arise sometimes from looking on men as though they could be altogether bad, or altogether good.

It is easy to criticize an author, but difficult to appreciate him.

Action makes more fortune than caution.

Our actions are neither so good nor so evil as our impulses.

To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.