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Today in Language: Jean de la Bruyère

La Bruyère est né le 16 août 1645. Une citation que j'aime bien de son livre Des ouvrages des esprits :
Il faut chercher seulement à penser et à parler juste, sans vouloir amener les autres à notre goût et à nos sentiments ; c'est une trop grande entreprise.
Translation: It is necessary to seek only to think and to speak rightly, without trying to bring others to feel as we do; that is too great an endeavor.
Cela me fait penser à une autre citation, cette fois de l'écrivain anglais C.S. Lewis (dans un essai, « The Experiment », de son ouvrage An Experiment in Criticism) :
The real way of mending a man's taste is not to denigrate his present favorites but to teach him how to enjoy something better.
Traduction : La vraie façon de réparer le goût d'un homme n'est pas de dénigrer ses préférences actuelles, mais de lui apprendre comment aimer quelque chose de mieux.
Ont-ils raison ?



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