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Jean de La Bruyere

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Biography - Jean de La Bruyere:

French philosopher and moralist.
Born: 1645 - Died: 1696
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.



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French
Les enfants n'ont ni passé ni avenir, et, ce qui ne nous arrive guère, ils jouissent du présent.

German
Die Kinder kennen weder Vergangenheit, noch Zukunft, und – was uns Erwachsenen kaum passieren kann – sie genießen die Gegenwart.




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The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

He recognized in himself that power to forget which only children have, and geniuses, and the innocent. Innocent, overwhelmed by joy, he understood at last that he was made for happiness.




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Quotes about the past:


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.
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Nor is it right to say there are three times: past, present and future. Perhaps it would be more correct to say: there are three times: a present of things past, a present of things present, a present of things future.
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What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.
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Quotes for: present


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Quotes about the present:


Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
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In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.
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Quotes for: future


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Quotes about the future:


Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
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As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
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Man is the future of man.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
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No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
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Quotes for: child


All grown-ups were once children (but only few of them remember it).
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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
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If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
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What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
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Mature manhood: that means to have rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play.
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It is a wise father that knows his own child.
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Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
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We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.
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If it be true that a man is rich who wants nothing, a wise man is a very rich man.
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We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.
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The wise man sometimes flees from society from fear of being bored.
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All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
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