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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"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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"We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly"
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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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"I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms"
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"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it"
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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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"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well"
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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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"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth"
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"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered"
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