Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues was a French writer and moralist. He died at age 31, in broken health, having published the year prior—anonymously—a collection of essays and aphorisms with the encouragement of Voltaire, his friend.
Patience is the art of hoping.
The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.
Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
One promises much, to avoid giving little.
The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.