Quotes by French authors

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Small: Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime
Victor Hugo
"Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime"
Victor Hugo, Author
Small: The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease
Voltaire
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: To the wicked, everything serves as pretext
Voltaire
"To the wicked, everything serves as pretext"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: Business is the salt of life
Voltaire
"Business is the salt of life"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: Ambition is not a vice of little people
Michel de Montaigne
"Ambition is not a vice of little people"
Michel de Montaigne, Philosopher
Small: My curves are not crazy
Henri Matisse
"My curves are not crazy"
Henri Matisse, Artist
Small: Words are loaded pistols
Jean-Paul Sartre
"Words are loaded pistols"
Jean-Paul Sartre, Philosopher
Small: The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon ones sel
Napoleon Bonaparte
"The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny"
Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader
Small: Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need
Voltaire
"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves
Ernest Dimnet
"Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves"
Ernest Dimnet, Priest
Small: History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon
Napoleon Bonaparte
"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon"
Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader
Small: I hate books they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about"
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Philosopher
Small: Behind every great fortune lies a great crime
Honore de Balzac
"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime"
Honore de Balzac, Novelist
Small: The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire
Voltaire
"The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it
Voltaire
"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debat
Charles de Gaulle
"The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines"
Charles de Gaulle, Leader
Small: Nothing succeeds like success
Alexandre Dumas
"Nothing succeeds like success"
Alexandre Dumas, Dramatist
Small: There go the people. I must follow them for I am their leader
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
"There go the people.
I must follow them for I am their leader"
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, Politician
Small: A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights
Napoleon Bonaparte
"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights"
Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader
Small: There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk
Jean-Paul Sartre
"There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk"
Jean-Paul Sartre, Philosopher
Small: Everything is self-evident
"Everything is self-evident"
Rene Descartes, Mathematician
Small: When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea
"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea"
Eric Cantona, Athlete
Small: History is a set of lies agreed upon
Napoleon Bonaparte
"History is a set of lies agreed upon"
Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader
Small: Dont walk behind me I may not lead. Dont walk in front of me I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my f
Albert Camus
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend"
Albert Camus, Philosopher
Small: A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband
Michel de Montaigne
"A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband"
Michel de Montaigne, Philosopher
Small: Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate
"Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate"
Louis XIV, Royalty
Small: Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it
"Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it"
Jean Antoine Petit-Senn, Poet
Small: Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
Voltaire
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth
Voltaire
"To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth"
Voltaire, Writer
Small: He who opens a school door, closes a prison
Victor Hugo
"He who opens a school door, closes a prison"
Victor Hugo, Author
Small: Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion"
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Philosopher
Small: Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth
"Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth"
Jean Baudrillard, Sociologist
Small: Our true passions are selfish
"Our true passions are selfish"
Stendhal, Writer
Small: As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled
Victor Hugo
"As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled"
Victor Hugo, Author
Small: Victory belongs to the most persevering
Napoleon Bonaparte
"Victory belongs to the most persevering"
Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader
Small: England is a nation of shopkeepers
Napoleon Bonaparte
"England is a nation of shopkeepers"
Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader
Small: The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants
Albert Camus
"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants"
Albert Camus, Philosopher
Small: Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face
Albert Camus
"Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face"
Albert Camus, Philosopher
Small: I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians
Charles de Gaulle
"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians"
Charles de Gaulle, Leader
Small: Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better
Andre Gide
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better"
Andre Gide, Novelist
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