Quotes by French authors


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"All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women"
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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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"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion"
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"Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels"
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"We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly"
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"Clever tyrants are never punished"
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"The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything"
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"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy"
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"The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year"
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"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all"
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"The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great"
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"The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third"
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"The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs"
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"Tears are the silent language of grief"
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"Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die"
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"Prejudices are what fools use for reason"
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"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time"
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"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible"
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"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking"
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"Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument"
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"Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare"
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"Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts"
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"Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him"
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"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be"
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"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh"
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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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"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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"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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