BOILEAU, Nicolas Quotes
(1636-1711), French critic
The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.
A fool always finds some greater fool to admire him.
There is but one road to lead us to God—humility; all other ways would only lead astray, even were they fenced in with all virtues.
Brimful of learning, see the pedant stride, bristling with horrid Greek, and puffed with pride!—A thousand authors he in vain has read, and with their maxims stuffed his empty head; and thinks that without Aristotle's rules, reason is blind, and common sense a fool!
Hasten slowly, and without losing heart put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
Silence is the understanding of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.
The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so.