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 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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"He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead"
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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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"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it"
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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 art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"
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"We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest"
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"This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it"
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"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us"
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"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked"
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"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh"
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"We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly"
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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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