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Statue of La Bruyère by Gabriel Jules Thomas (1824-1905) at the Château de Chantilly
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 Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) was a French moralist and essayist. His best known work is entitled 'Caractères'.

A television film entitled 'Les caractères de La Bruyère', directed by Eric Rohmer, was produced in 1965.

A little later in the text, there is a quotation from the work of  La Bruyère: 'Les femmes sont extrèmes;elles sont meilleures ou pires que les hommes' ('Women are extremes; they are either better or worse than men).