This quote is from French author Jean de La Bruyére, who wrote “The Characters, or the Manners of the Age.” (“Les Caractères de Théophraste, traduits du Grec, avec les caractères et les moeurs de ce siècle.”)
Other quotes attributed to him include:

  • “Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.”
  • “Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.”
  • “The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.”


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