Quotes by French authors


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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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"There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times"
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"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason"
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"The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire"
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"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world"
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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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"The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence"
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"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself"
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"Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men"
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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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"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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"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"
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"We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly"
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"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh"
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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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"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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"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 forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets"
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"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth"
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"I hate women because they always know where things are"
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"The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything"
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"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion"
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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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