Quotes by French authors


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"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need"
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"What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy"
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"Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it"
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"Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones"
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"Victory belongs to the most persevering"
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"It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves"
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"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him"
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"Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face"
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"They might in the future more than ever before engage in hunting beavers"
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"Everything has been figured out, except how to live"
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"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities"
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"Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it"
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"I directed the men in our barque to approach near the savages, and hold their arms in readiness to do their duty in case they notice any movement of these people against us"
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"No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist"
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"The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it"
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"The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire"
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"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world"
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"There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times"
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"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason"
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"The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence"
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"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself"
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"The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work"
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"It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue"
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"It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it"
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"The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days"
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"Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men"
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"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it"
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"Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels"
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"We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard"
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