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The Morals And Manners of the Seventeenth Century

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The Morals And Manners of the Seventeenth Century
Jean De La Bruyre
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I do not know if it is permissible to judge of a man by a single fault ; allowance should be made for extreme necessity, violent passion, or first impulse.
Truth is often found to be contrary to the current reports of persons or things.
Unless we keep a bridle on our tongue, and pay par- ticular attention to all our words, we are liable every hour to say "Yes" and "No " on the same subject or of the same person. It depends only on the spirit of the society and conversation which naturally incli
...nes us not to contradict this one or that one, although they talk differently of the same things.
A man who has partialities is exposed to frcquen ; mortifications, for it is as impossible that his favour- ites can be always gracious and wise as that those he JUDGMENT AND CRITICISM. 221 declares himself against can be always to blame. From this cause he is often put out of countenance in public, either by the misfortunes of those he upholds, or by new glories acquired by those he condemns.
A prejudiced man who accepts a dignity, either secular or ecclesiastic, may be compared to a blind man who would paint, or a deaf man who would judge of a symphony ; and this is but weak imagery in which to express the misery of prejudice.


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