Quotes by French authors


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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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"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need"
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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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"It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves"
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"Victory belongs to the most persevering"
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"Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face"
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"Common sense is not so common"
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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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"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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"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities"
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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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"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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"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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"He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead"
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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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"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked"
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"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law"
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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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"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone"
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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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"Married people from my generation are like an endangered species!"
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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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"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices"
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"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy"
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