650 Total Quotes

French Writer Quotes

 Voltaire
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Voltaire
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Francois VI Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person.
Francois VI Duc de La Rochefoucauld
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We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.
Andre Maurois
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 Voltaire
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
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 Voltaire
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
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 Voltaire
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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The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
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No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
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The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
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We cannot wish for that we know not.
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We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.
Voltaire
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Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Chamfort de Chamfort
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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
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The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
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Clever tyrants are never punished.
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Simone Beauvoir
The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
Simone Beauvoir
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Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
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The family is a court of justice which never shuts down for night or day.
Malcolm Chazal
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If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
Edmond Goncourt
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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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Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
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The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
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If there were no God, it would have been necessary to invent him.
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We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
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Simone Beauvoir
To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object.
Simone Beauvoir
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Simone Beauvoir
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Simone Beauvoir
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 Voltaire
The best is the enemy of the good.
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God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
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The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
Voltaire
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