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    I shall leave the world without regret, for it hardly contains a single good listener.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: world  regret 
     
    Les vrais philosophes sont comme les e le phants, qui en marchant ne posent jamais le second pied a' terre que le premier ne soit bien affermi. True philosophers are like elephants, who when walking never placetheir second footontheground untilthefirst is steady.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: true  philosopher 
     
    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?
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: fantasy  men  pleasure 
     
    Modesty in women has two special advantages,-it enhances beauty and veils uncomeliness.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: beauty  women 
     
    It is beauty that begins to please, and tenderness that completes the cbarm.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: beauty 
     
    A philospher sees the Earth as a large planet, travelling through the heavens, covered with fools
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: earth  heaven  fools 
     
    There is nothing one sees oftener than the ridiculous and magnificent, such close neighbors that they touch.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    Neatness is a crowning grace of womanhood.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: grace 
     
    I have lived one hundred years; and I die with the consolation of never having thrown the slightest ridicule upon the smallest virtue.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: virtue  die 
     
    Nature intends that, at fixed periods, men should succeed each other by the instrumentality of death. We shall never outwit Nature; we shall die as usual.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: death  nature  men  die 
     
    An educated mind is, as it were, composed of all the minds of preceding ages.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: age  mind 
     
    It is high time for me to depart, for at my age I now begin to see things as they really are.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: time  age 
     
    If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: truth  care 
     
    There are three things I have loved but never understood. Art, music and women.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: women  music 
     
    It is a great obstacle to happiness to expect too much.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: happiness 
     
    People almost always do great things without knowing how to do them, and are quite surprised to have done them.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: people  knowing 
     
    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.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: time  people  age  mind 
     
    Hardly anyone knows how much is gained by ignoring the future.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: future 
     
    Mathematicians are like lovers. Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must also grant him, and from this consequence another.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: lover  consequence 
     
    A true philosopher is like an elephant; he never puts the second foot down until the first one is solidly in place.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: true  philosopher 
     
    To be happy, one must have a good stomach and a bad heart.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: heart  bad 
     
    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.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: world  lost  universe 
     
    Women react differently: a French woman who sees herself betrayed by her husband will kill his mistress; an Italian will kill her husband; a Spaniard will kill both; and a German will kill herself.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: women 
     
    The judgment may be compared to a clock or watch, where the most ordinary machine is sufficient to tell the hours; but the most elaborate alone can point out the minutes and seconds, and distinguish the smallest differences of time.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: time  alone  machine 
     
    A man finds no sweeter voice in all the world than that which chants his praise.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: men  world  praise 
     
    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!
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: ambition  true  poor  passion 
     
    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.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: time  moon 
     
    We must always skim over pleasures. They are like marshy lands that we must travel nimbly, hardly daring to put down our feet.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: travel  pleasure 
     
    Since the princes take the Earth for their own, it's fair that the philosophers reserve the sky for themselves and rule there, but they should never permit the entry of others.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: earth  sky  rules  philosopher 
     
    I detest war; it ruins conversation
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    Our sun enlightens the planets that belong to him; why may not every fixed star also have planets to which they give light?
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: star 
     
    In vain we shall penetrate more and more deeply the secrets of the structure of the human body, we shall not dupe nature; we shall die as usual.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: secret  human  body  die 
     
    Truth comes home to the mind so naturally, that when we learn it for the first time, it seems as though we did no more than recall it to our memory.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: time  truth  memory  mind  learn 
     
    To despise theory is to have the excessively vain pretension to do without knowing what one does, and to speak without knowing what one says.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: knowing 
     
    As astronomy is the daughter of idleness, geometry is the daughter of property.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: daughter  property 
     
    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.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: world 
     
    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.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: truth  self  true  mankind  facts 
     
    If I held all the thoughts of the world in my hand, I would be careful not to open it.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: world  thoughts 
     
    It takes time to ruin a world, but time is all it takes.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
    tags: time  world 
     
    I feel nothing, apart from a certain difficulty in continuing to exist.
    — Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
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    bernard le bovier de fontenelle
    Birth    : February 11, 1657
    Death  : January 9, 1757
    Occupation  : Author

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