Born: September 15, 1613
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1680
Occupation: Author and Essayist
Profile: Known for expressing paradoxical or harsh truths using the briefest possible independent manner within his maxims and memoirs.
Number of Quotes: 5
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
It is more shameful to doubt one's friends than to be duped by them.
The old begin to complain of the conduct of the young when they themselves are no longer able to set a bad example.
Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same persons?