Un mot de Montesquieu

“Je vois, de tous cotés, des gens qui parlent sans cesse d’eux-mêmes : leurs conversations sont un miroir qui présente toujours leur impertinence figure : ils vous parleront des moindres choses qui leur sont arrivées, et ils veulent que l’intérêt qu’ils y prennent les grossisse a vos yeux ; ils ont tout fait, tout vue, tout dit, tout pense : ils sont un modèle universel, un sujet de comparaisons inépuisable, une source d’exemples qui ne tarit jamais. Oh ! que la louange est fade, lorsqu’elle réfléchit vers le lieu d’où elle part !”

-Montesquieu, Lettre L, Les Lettres Persanes

And for the anglophones:

“All around me I see who speak incessantly of themselves: their conversation is a mirror that always reflects their own impertinent features; they will tell you of the most insignificant trifles that happen to them, apparently under the impression that the interest they take in them will increase their own importance in your eyes; they have done everything, seen everything, said everything, and thought everything; they are a model for human kind, a subject of inexhaustible comparison, a source of precedents that never runs dry. What tasteless praise that reflects the source from which it comes!”

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