Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (September 27, 1627 – April 12, 1704) was a French bishop, theologian, and court preacher. Bossuet was one of the first to advocate the theory of political absolutism; he made the argument that government was divine and that kings received their power from God.
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- The inexorable boredom that is at the core of life.
- As quoted in A Book of French Quotations (1963) edited by Norbert Guterman.
- Honor is like the eye, which cannot suffer the least impurity without damage. It is a precious stone, the price of which is lessened by a single flaw.
- Quoted in "The Forbes Book of Business Quotations" (1997) by Edward C. Goodman, Ted Goodman , p. 411.
- Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity.
- Quoted in Quote Unquote : A Handbook of Quotations (2007) by M. P. Singh, p. 96.
- Politique tirée de l'Écriture sainte (1709)
- The greatest weakness of all weaknesses is to fear too much to appear weak.
- In the midst of the disguises and artifices that reign among men, it is only attention and vigilance that can save us from surprises.