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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"Victory belongs to the most persevering"
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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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"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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"Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face"
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"It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves"
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"Everything has been figured out, except how to live"
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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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"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities"
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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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"The truest wisdom is a resolute determination"
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"I need to fall in love with someone. Sorry - I mean fall in love with something. I need to wake myself up"
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"I hardly ever go to parties. If I really have to, I'll go, but I'm not the most open person, which is sometimes not the best quality"
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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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"Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it"
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"Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself"
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"All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name"
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"They might in the future more than ever before engage in hunting beavers"
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"You believe in God, then you don't believe anymore and when you have a big problem, you pray anyway"
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"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law"
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"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked"
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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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"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered"
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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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