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Biography - Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues:

French writer and moralist.
Born: 1715 - Died: 1747
Period:
18th century
Place of birth: France
France

The contempt of our nature is an error of our reason.




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
Le mépris de notre nature est une erreur de notre raison.

German
Die Verachtung unserer Natur ist ein Irrtum unserer Vernunft.




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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.

Perhaps men entertain as many truths as falsehoods; have as many good qualities as bad; feel as many pleasures as pains. But we like to malign human nature, in order to try to raise ourselves above the common level, and to acquire for ourselves the respect of which we strive to rob it. We are so presumptuous, that we imagine we can separate our own personal interests from those of humanity in general, and malign the human race without implicating ourselves. This absurd vanity has filled books of philosophy with diatribes against human nature. Man is in disgrace with all thinkers, who rival one another in accusing him of depravity. But perhaps he may be about to rise again and recover all his virtues; nothing is permanent, and philosophy, like clothes, music, architecture, &c, has its vogues.




Quotes for: reason


Quotes

Quotes about reason:


Truth prevails only to the extent that we successfully assert it. The victory of reason can only be the victory of rational people.





Have courage to use your own reason!





There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.





The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.





Two extremes: to exclude reason, to admit reason only.





Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess. And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken: the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects. For to be possessed of a vigorous mind is not enough; the prime requisite is rightly to apply it.











Quotes for: mistake


Quotes

Quotes about mistake:


Love truth, but pardon error.





I would never die for my beliefs, because I might be wrong.





What is tolerance? It is the endowment of humanity. We are all steeped in weakness and error; let us forgive each other our stupidities, that is the first law of nature.





Without music, life would be a mistake.





Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.





To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.











Quotes

Quotes for: Contempt


No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.





The contempt of riches in philosophers was only a hidden desire to avenge their merit upon the injustice of fortune, by despising the very goods of which fortune had deprived them; it was a secret to guard themselves against the degradation of poverty, it was a back way by which to arrive at that distinction which they could not gain by riches.





The hate of favourites is only a love of favour. The envy of NOT possessing it, consoles and softens its regrets by the contempt it evinces for those who possess it, and we refuse them our homage, not being able to detract from them what attracts that of the rest of the world.





Those who are condemned to death affect sometimes a constancy and contempt for death which is only the fear of facing it; so that one may say that this constancy and contempt are to their mind what the bandage is to their eyes.







Quotes

Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues also said...


No man is weak by choice.





Consciousness of our powers augments them.





The usual pretext of those who make others unhappy is that they do it for their own good.





Great thoughts come from the heart.





Few maxims are true in every respect.





Reason does not know the interests of the heart.












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