Jean de La Bruyère

Jean de La Bruyère was a French philosopher and moralist, best known for his work 'Les Caractères' (The Characters), a collection of satirical portraits of contemporary society. Born on August 16, 1645, in Paris, he was a keen observer of human behavior and used his wit to critique the social and political issues of his time. La Bruyère's sharp commentary and literary style have earned him a place among the classic authors of French literature. He passed away on May 10, 1696.


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  1. 1. Les Caractères

    "Les Caractères" is a collection of character sketches and maxims that satirically depict the manners, foibles, and quirks of the French society in the 17th century. The author's keen observations and sharp wit provide an insightful commentary on human nature and social behavior, with a focus on the court of Louis XIV. The book is renowned for its style, wisdom, and the author's ability to capture the essence of an individual in a few lines.