Jean de la Bruyere (1645 – 1696) was a French philosopher and moralist born in Paris, who was noted for his satire. His book The Caracteres, a translation of Theophrastus, and a few letters mostly addressed to the prince de Conde complete the list of his literary work. La Bruyere’s privileged position within the royal court of France provided him with a unique vantage point from which he could witness the hypocrisy and corruption of the court of Louis XIV.
Quotes by Jean de la Bruyere…
To speak and to offend, with some people, are but one and the same thing.
A great spirit is above insult, injustice, grief, and mockery.
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
It is very rare to find ground which produces nothing. If it is not covered with flowers, fruit trees, and grains, it produces briars and pines. It is the same with man. If he is not virtuous, he becomes vicious.