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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"Common sense is not so common"
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"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well"
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"It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind"
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"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets"
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"I hate women because they always know where things are"
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"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it"
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"Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce"
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"Fear follows crime and is its punishment"
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"Everything's fine today, that is our illusion"
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"Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest"
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"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do"
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"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game"
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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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"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"
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