François Fénelon

François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, more commonly known as François Fénelon, was a French Roman Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet and writer.

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All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.
Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves.
Children are very nice observers, and will often perceive your sligthest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves.
Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.
Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.
How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.
If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.
If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others.
Little opportunities should be improved.
Most people I ask little from. I try to give them much, and expect nothing in return and I do very well in the bargain.
Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.
The past but lives in written words: a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.

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