Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

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Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is the passions that do and undo everything.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A well cultivated mind is made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only the one single mind educated by all previous time.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I held all the thoughts of the world in my hand, I would be careful not to open it.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are three things I have loved but never understood. Art, music and women.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness. More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There is nothing one sees oftener than the ridiculous and
magnificent, such close neighbors that they touch.
[Fr., L'on ne saurait mieux faire voir que le magnifique et le
ridicule sont si voisins qu'ils se touchent.]More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To be happy, one must have a good stomach and a bad heart.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Art of Flying is but newly invented, twill improve by degrees, and in time grow perfect; then we may fly as far as the Moon.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nothing can be more destructive to ambition, and the passion for conquest, than the true system of astronomy. What a poor thing is even the whole globe in comparison of the infinite extent of nature!More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Behold a universe so immense that I am lost in it. I no longer know where I am. I am just nothing at all. Our world is terrifying in its insignificance.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is nothing one sees oftener than the ridiculous and magnificent, such close neighbors that they touch.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As astronomy is the daughter of idleness, geometry is the daughter of property.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
They will have the World to be in Large, what a Watch is in Small; which is very regular, and depends only upon the just disposing of the several Parts of the Movement.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Let us be well assured of the Matter of Fact, before we trouble our selves with enquiring into the Cause. It is true, that this Method is too slow for the greatest part of Mankind, who run naturally to the Cause, and pass over the Truth of the Matter of Fact.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nature is never so admired as when she is understood.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I held all the thoughts of the world in my hand, I would be careful not to open it.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It takes time to ruin a world, but time is all it takes.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I feel nothing, apart from a certain difficulty in continuing to exist.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is high time for me to depart, for at my age I now begin to see things as they really are.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Leibniz never married; he had considered it at the age of fifty; but the person he had in mind asked for time to reflect. This gave Leibniz time to reflect, too, and so he never married.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A work of morality, politics, criticism will be more elegant, other things being equal, if it is shaped by the hand of geometry.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Ah! si l'on o" tait les chime' res aux hommes, quel plaisir leur resterait? Oh! If man were robbed of his fantasies, what pleasure would be left him?More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
L'univers?je l'en estime plus depuis que je sais qu'il ressemble a' une montre; il est surprenant que l'ordre de la nature, tout admirable qu'il est, ne roule que sur des choses si simples. I have come to esteem the universe more now that I know it resembles a watch; it is surprising that the order of nature, as admirable as it is, only runs on such simple things.More Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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