Quotes by French authors


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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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"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong"
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"It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one"
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"It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge"
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"Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?"
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"Clever tyrants are never punished"
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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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"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well"
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"I hate women because they always know where things are"
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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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"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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