Rien n'est beau que le vrai; le vrai seul est aimable  

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"Rien n'est beau que le vrai; le vrai seul est aimable" ("Nothing is beautiful but the true, the true alone is agreeable") is a dictum of Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, see Épitre IX (Boileau)

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"Nothing is beautiful but the true, the true alone is agreeable." --The Philosophy of the Enlightenment by Ernst Cassirer

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