The cleverness of others

"The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you."
-Jean de La Bruyère's "The Caractères"

I really liked this quotation, which I discovered this week via a post on Joanna Goddard's quite popular blog. I haven't read anything by La Bruyère before, but in searching for the source of this particular excerpt I found that you can read the entirety of the book in which it appears for free on Google Books

So! I might have even more fancy French philosophical gems on hand soon.
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