France Quotes

 A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 A good writer does not write as people write, But as he writes. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 A publisher once went to France In search of a tale of romance; A Parisian lady Told a story so shady That the publisher made an advance. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 An Literature is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 As an adolescent... I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so. 
Author: Charles de Gaulle
Nationality: French
b. 22 November 1890  - d. 9 November 1970
  
 Bin home too, and along France. It appears he had been to England as servant to some squatter's family. But fancy an aboriginal stating he had been 'home'. 
Author: A. J. Campbell
Nationality: French   
 Chief of the Army. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Every man has two countries, his own and France. 
Author: Henri vicomte de Bornier
Nationality: French
b. 25 December 1825  - d.  January 1901
  
 Fair stood the wind for France When we our sails advance, Nor now to prove our chance Longer will tarry. 
Author: Michael Drayton
Nationality: English
b. December 1563  - d. 23 December 1631
  
 False happiness renders men stern and proud, And that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, And that happiness is always shared. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 France has lost a battle, but it has not lost the war. 
Author: Charles de Gaulle
Nationality: French
b. 22 November 1890  - d. 9 November 1970
  
 France has more need of me than I have need of France. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. You just leave a lot of useless noisy baggage behind. 
Author: Jed Babbin
Nationality: French   
 I die innocent of all the crimes of which I have been charged. I pardon those who have brought about my death, and I pray that the blood you are about to shed may never be required of France. 
Author: King Louis XVI
Nationality: French
b. 23 August 1754  - d. 21 January 1793
  
 I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 If we are more affected by the ruin of a palace than by the conflagration of a cottage, our humanity must have formed a very erroneous estimate of the miseries of human life. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength. 
Author: French Proverb
Nationality: French   
 In the state of nature...all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America. 
Author: Lillian Hellman
Nationality: American
b. 20 June 1905  - d. 30 June 1984
  
 It is necessary from the very nature of things that power should be a check to power. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 It is not by whining that one carries out the job of leader. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Law should be like death, which spares no one. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Love teaches even asses to dance. 
Author: French Proverb
Nationality: French   
 Men should keep their eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterward. 
Author: Madeleine Scudéry
Nationality: French
b. 15 November 1607  - d. 2 June 1701
  
 Of Burkes Reflections on the Revolution in France: He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I do know that ehey will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there. 
Author: Joan of Arc
Nationality: French
b. December 1412  - d. 30 May 1431
  
 On the game of Two-Up: The game of two-up has been hugely attractive to Australian soldiers this century. They played the game in the dusty camps in South Africa: they played in the camps in Australia in 1914 and 1915: they played in Egypt and France, in and out of the line; in short they played wherever they could and whenever they could. According to one rumour during the 1914-18 war, a Turkish airman flew over a two-up school in full swing. Looking down, and seeing the raised eyes to heaven and the earnest bowing to the ground, the airman thought it would be sacrilegious to bomb these devout men at their prayers. 
Author: Peter Charlton
Nationality: Australian   
 One may go a long way after one is tired. 
Author: French Proverb
Nationality: Australian   
 Punctuality is the politeness of kings. 
Author: King Louis XVIII
Nationality: French
b. 17 November 1755  - d. 16 September 1824
  
 Rain, famine and war in Persia will not cease, A trust too great will betray the monarch; For the end was planned and conceived in France, A secret sign for one to be more sparing.  
Author: Nostradamus
Nationality: French
b. 14 December 1503  - d. 02 July 1566
  
 The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 The life of states is like that of men. The latter have the right of killing in self-defense; the former to make wars for their own preservation. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The love of democracy is that of equality. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 There is no cruder tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Virtue has need of limits. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 War: the trade of barbarians, and the art of bringing the greatest physical force to bear on a single point. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 We may stop ourselves when going up, never when coming down. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 We shall not flag or fail. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 What the orators lack in depth, they give you in length. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 With enough 'ifs' we could put Paris in a bottle. 
Author: French Proverb
Nationality: French   
 Fools-to-free-the-world, they go, Primeval hearts from Buffalo. Red cataracts of France to-day Awake, three thousand miles away, An echo of Niagara The cataract of Niagara.  
Author: Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
Nationality: American
b. 10 November 1879  - d. 05 December 1931
  
 There is a fine heroic feeling about being in France, and I am in perfect spirits.  
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 In France particularly, under the strong and brilliant government of Francis I, there was an outburst of original and vital writing. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 Though, with the ascendancy of Louis, the political power of the nobles finally came to an end, France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life, completely aristocratic. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity; it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 I use a retouching varnish which is made in France, Libert, and that's all the varnish I use. 
Author: Edward Hopper
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1882  - d. 15 May 1967
  
 I have no intention of going back to France, except for yearly visits to meet my family. 
Author: Francois Gautier
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1950
  
 France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history. 
Author: François Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterrand
Nationality: French
b. 26 October 1916  - d. 08 January 1996
  
 But when you dub in France you do it with the other actors, so you're in the room with them, which is quite wonderful. And sometimes it takes on a different life of its own. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 You're thinking of Eurpoe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are made in America 
Author: Helen Rowland
Nationality: American
b. December 1875  - d.  December 1950
  
 I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life - to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one's neighbors. 
Author: Robert W. Service
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 January 1874  - d. 11 September 1958
  
 The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 Napoleon was indeed the man sent by God to help the youth of France! Who is to take his place? 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 And now my country, France, my homeland, my fatherland is again invaded, with the blessing of our successive governments, by overpopulated foreigners, mostly Muslims, to which we provide an oath of allegiance. Years passing by, we assist to a blossom of mosques everywhere in France, though our churches become silent, lacking of priests. 
Author: Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1934
  
 If George W. Bush is elected president, I'm leaving for France.  
Author: Robert Altman
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1925  - d. 20 November 2006
  
 Finally the last thing I'll say to the people who don't believe in cycling, the cynics and the skeptics. I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry that you can't dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles. But this is one hell of a race. This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe it. You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people. I'll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live. And there are no secrets - this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it. So Vive le Tour. Forever. 
Author: Lance Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 18 September 1971
  
 Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things - whether health or a car or an old sense of self - has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers. 
Author: Lance Armstrong
Nationality: American
b. 18 September 1971
  
 A lot of folks are still demanding more evidence before they actually consider Iraq a threat. For example, France wants more evidence. And you know I'm thinking, the last time France wanted more evidence they rolled right through Paris with the German flag. 
Author: David Letterman
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1947
  
 Great success, great profit, great performances, etc. etc. ... France is becoming more and more philistine towards music, and the more I see of foreign lands the less I love my own. Art, in France, is dead; so I must go where it is still to be found. In England apparently there has been a real revolution in the musical consciousness of the nation in the last ten years. We shall see. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 Now since France has three times in sixty years failed to obtain practical results from Political revolutions, all Europe is apt to press forward into new Social doctrine to regulate the future. 
Author: Lajos Kossuth
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 19 September 1802  - d. 20 March 1894
  
 I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can. 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 Several letters have been received by me asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa. Some of them became life-long companions. Through these friends I came to learn much of their age-long persecution. They have been the untouchables of Christianity. But my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. 
Author: Julia Child
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1912  - d. 13 August 2004
  
 It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it. 
Author: Julia Child
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1912  - d. 13 August 2004
  
 The Paris store Colette is successful because it's a filter for things that are made elsewhere. It's the kind of store France needs.  
Author: Christian Lacroix
Nationality: French
b. 16 May 1951
  
 France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here... is France, and we're in the middle - that's my map of Africa. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 American capitalism is predatory, and American politics are corrupt: The same thing is true in England and the same in France; but in all these three countries the dominating fact is that whatever the people get ready to change the government, they can change it. The same thing is not true of Germany, and until it was made true in Germany, there could be no free political democracy anywhere else in the world - to say nothing of any free social democracy. My revolutionary friends who will not recognize this fact seem to me like a bunch of musicians sitting down to play a symphony concert in a forest where there is a man-eating tiger loose. For my part, much as I enjoy symphony concerts, I want to put my fiddle away in its case and get a rifle and go out and settle with the tiger. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 I saw in the Revolution of 1848 an act of great justice. I thought that a test of the Republican form was possible in France under better conditions that those of 1792. I sincerely accepted this test. I was with this idea that I entered the Assemblée Nationale, and that I sat on the extreme left, so as immediately to give a sign of my adherence to the type of government that the force of things had just imposed on France. The 15 May weakened me to the foundations of my hopes. It brought to light for me the schemes and the passions that unerringly reach toward a Civil War, a profound, unavoidable, fierce fight, in which the extreme left would play a role for which I did not want, for anything on Earth, to take responsibility. The Monarchist parties raised their heads again; I did not want to serve them, I could not without compromising religion. I preferred to retire. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Tax dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good - things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 To be a child is something one learns, as one learns the names of rivers or the kings of France. Childhood, for a child, is a sort of falseness, woodenness, stoniness, a lesson recited. Many children are aware of this - that is, aware of being children as a special, prosy condition: "We can't do that! We're children!" Playing children is a long boring game with occasional exciting moments. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 'Oh Brancepeth,' said the girl, her voice trembling, 'why haven't you any money? If only you had the merest pittance - enough for a flat in Mayfair and a little weekend place in the country somewhere and a couple of good cars and a villa in the South of France and a bit of trout fishing on some decent river, I would risk all for love'. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man. 
Author: Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 Even now there lingers in the consciousness of the old, sharper divisions which the ages had not been able to efface, and which is strong enough to find - not only here and there - expression as antipathy to the Jewish type. In France, that let down the barriers more than a hundred years ago, the feeling of antipathy is still strong enough to sustain an anti-Jewish political party. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Art must take reality by surprise. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter. 
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 Liberty is worth paying for. 
Author: Jules Gabriel Verne
Nationality: French
b. 08 February 1828  - d. 24 March 1905
  
 Punish France, ignore Germany, and forgive Russia. 
Author: Condoleezza Rice
Nationality: African-American
b. 14 November 1954
  
 Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The Ottoman Empire, whose sick body was not supported by a mild and regular diet, but by a powerful treatment, which continually exhausted it. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them? 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Oh, how empty is praise when it reflects back to its origin! 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude...we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Society is the union of men and not the men themselves - the citizen may perish, but man remains. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.  
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Slavery, properly so called, is the establishment of a right which gives to one man such a power over another as renders him absolute master of his life and fortune. The state of slavery is in its own nature bad. It is neither useful to the master nor to the slave; not to the slave, because he can do nothing through a motive of virtue; nor to the master, because by having an unlimited authority over his slaves he insensibly accustoms himself to the want of all moral virtues, and thence becomes fierce, hasty, severe, choleric, voluptuous, and cruel. ... where it is of the utmost importance that human nature should not be debased or dispirited, there ought to be no slavery. In democracies, where they are all upon equality; and in aristocracies, where the laws ought to use their utmost endeavors to procure as great an equality as the nature of the government will permit, slavery is contrary to the spirit of the constitution: it only contributes to give a power and luxury to the citizens which they ought not to have. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I would as soon say that religion gives its professors a right to enslave those who dissent from it, in order to render its propagation more easy. This was the notion that encouraged the ravagers of America in their iniquity. Under the influence of this idea they founded their right of enslaving so many nations; for these robbers, who would absolutely be both robbers and Christians, were superlatively devout. Louis XIII was extremely uneasy at a law by which all the negroes of his colonies were to be made slaves; but it being strongly urged to him as the readiest means for their conversion, he acquiesced without further scruple. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Weak minds exaggerate too much the wrong done to the Africans. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Britain is a nation that may be justly called a republic, disguised under the form of a monarchy. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit at the expense of one's better nature. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman...because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 A government should be set up so no man need be afraid of another. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 You will notice that France, Germany Russia, China are against this decision. It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America. If you look at those factors, you'll see that an individual like myself, a man who has lost power and influence, can never be a suitable mediator. Neither Bush nor Tony Blair has provided any evidence that such weapons exist. But what we know is that Israel has weapons of mass destruction. Nobody talks about that. Why should there be one standard for one country, especially because it is black, and another one for another country, Israel, that is white. ... Many people say quietly, but they don't have the courage to stand up and say publicly, that when there were white secretary generals you didn't find this question of the United States and Britain going out of the United Nations. But now that you've had black secretary generals like Boutros Boutros Ghali, like Kofi Annan, they do not respect the United Nations. They have contempt for it. This is not my view, but that is what is being said by many people. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A Constitution should be short and obscure.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A leader is a dealer in hope.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A good sketch is better than a long speech. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 A true man hates no one.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Ability is nothing without opportunity. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 All religions have been made by men. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 England is a nation of shopkeepers. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 France has more need of me than I have need of France. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 History is a set of lies agreed upon. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I have only one counsel for you - be master. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I made all my generals out of mud.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Imagination rules the world. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 In politics stupidity is not a handicap.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 It requires more courage to suffer than to die. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Let the path be open to talent. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Medicines are only fit for old people. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Respect the burden. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The army is the true nobility of our country. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The French complain of everything, and always. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The human race is governed by its imagination. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 The word impossible is not in my dictionary. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Victory belongs to the most persevering.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 War is the business of barbarians. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 What is history but a fable agreed upon?  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Women are nothing but machines for producing children. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 I mean, I did ride the Paris subway in an attempt to get pick-pocketed in order to see how exactly they did it. My buddy was videoing the whole thing. No one picked my pocket. We got bolder and bolder as we went, but it didn’t pan out for us.  
Author: Matt Damon
Nationality: American
b. 08 October 1970
  
 I believe neither in what I touch nor what I see. I only believe in what I do not see, and solely in what I feel. 
Author: Gustav Moreau
Nationality: French
b. 06 April 1826  - d. 18 April 1898
  
 I have never looked for dream in reality or reality in dream. I have allowed my imagination free play, and I have not been led astray by it. 
Author: Gustav Moreau
Nationality: French
b. 06 April 1826  - d. 18 April 1898
  
 I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible, burning attraction towards the abstract. The expression of human feelings and the passions of man certainly interest me deeply, but I am less concerned with expressing the motions of the soul and mind than to render visible, so to speak, the inner flashes of intuition which have something divine in their apparent insignificance and reveal magic, even divine horizons, when they are transposed into the marvellous effects of pure plastic art. 
Author: Gustav Moreau
Nationality: French
b. 06 April 1826  - d. 18 April 1898
  
 No one could have less faith in the absolute and definitive importance of the work created by man, because I believe that this world is nothing but a dream... 
Author: Gustav Moreau
Nationality: French
b. 06 April 1826  - d. 18 April 1898
  
 This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied. This woman, walking nonchalantly in a vegetal, bestial manner, through the gardens that have just been stained by a horrible murder, which has frightened the executioner himself and made him flee distracted... When I want to render these fine nuances, I do not find them in the subject, but in the nature of women in real life who seek unhealthy emotions and are too stupid even to understand the horror in the most appalling situations. 
Author: Gustav Moreau
Nationality: French
b. 06 April 1826  - d. 18 April 1898
  
 After all, in both languages we were dealing in large measure not with English and French, but with Scots and Irish, Bretons and Normans....There could be no more eloquent illustration of the colonial mind-set than a bunch of Celts and Vikings in a distant northern territory insulting each other as les anglais and the French as if they were the descendants of the people who had subjected and ruined them. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 We are selling dreams. We are merchants of happiness. 
Author: Bernard Loiseau
Nationality: French
b. 13 January 1951  - d. 24 February 2003
  
 All the French ministers are the same. They lavished money which came out of the other people’s pockets to enrich their creatures, and they were absolute: The down-trodden people counted for nothing, and, through this, the indebtedness of the State and the confusion of finances were the inevitable results. A Revolution was necessary. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 We began to recognize each other: those who were loyal to religion and the king took up positions to the right of the chair so as to avoid the shouts, oaths, and indecencies that enjoyed free rein in the opposing camp. 
Author: Baron de Gauville
Nationality: French   
 The contour should come last, only a very experienced eye can place it rightly. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Of late, men seem to have been possessed by an incomprehensible impulse to strip themselves of everything with which nature has endowed them in order to make them superior to the beasts of burden. A philosopher is a gentleman who sits down four times a day to the best meals he can possibly obtain, and who considers that virtue, glory and noble sentiments should be indulged in only when they do not interfere with those four indispensable functions and all the rest of his little personal comforts. At this rate, a mule is a better philosopher by far, because in addition to all this he puts up with blows and hardship without complaint. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 There is no merit in being truthful when one is truthful by nature, or rather when one can be nothing else; it is a gift, like poetry or music. But it needs courage to be truthful after carefully considering the matter, unless a kind of pride is involved; for example, the man who says to himself, "I am ugly," and then says, "I am ugly" to his friends, lest they should think themselves the first to make the discovery. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 The Natural History Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays. Elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus; extraordinary animals! Rubens rendered them marvellously. I had a feeling of happiness as soon as I entered the place and the further I went the stronger it grew. I felt my whole being rise above commonplaces and trivialities and the petty worries of my daily life. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 I believe it safe to say that all progress must lead, not to further progress, but finally to the negation of progress, a return to the point of departure. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Commonplace people have an answer for everything and nothing ever surprises them. They try to look as though they knew what you were about to say better than you did yourself, and when it is their turn to speak, they repeat with great assurance something that they have heard other people say, as though it were their own invention. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Can any man say with certainty that he was happy at a particular moment of time which he remembers as being delightful? Remembering it certainly makes him happy, because he realizes how happy he could have been, but at the actual moment when the alleged happiness was occurring, did he really feel happy? He was like a man owning a piece of ground in which, unknown to himself, a treasure lay buried. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 The more I think about colour, the more convinced I become that this reflected half-tint is the principle that must predominate, because it is this that gives the true tone, the tone that constitutes the value, the thing that matters in giving life and character to the object. Light, to which the schools teach us to attach equal importance and which they place on the canvas at the same time as the half-tint and shadow, is really only an accident. Without grasping this principle, one cannot understand true colour, I mean the colour that gives the feeling of thickness and depth and of that essential difference that distinguishes one object from another. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Perfect beauty implies perfect simplicity, a quality that at first sight does not arouse the emotions which we feel before gigantic works, objects whose very disproportion constitutes an element of beauty. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 They say that each generation inherits from those that have gone before; if this were so there would be no limit to man's improvements or to his power of reaching perfection. But he is very far from receiving intact that storehouse of knowledge which the centuries have piled up before him; he may perfect some inventions, but in others, he lags behind the originators, and a great many inventions have been lost entirely. What he gains on the one hand, he loses on the other. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Delsarte tells me that Mozart stole outrageously from Galuppi, in the same way, I suppose, that Molière stole from anybody anywhere, if he found something work taking. I said that what was Mozart had not been stolen from Galuppi, or from anyone else for that matter. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 We should not allow ourselves to believe that writers like Poe have more imagination than those who are content with describing things as they really are. It is surely easier to invent striking situations in this way than to tread the beaten track which intelligent minds have followed throughout the centuries. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 We are told that Shakespeare's plays were generally performed in barns and that no great trouble was taken over the production. The constant changes of scene which, incidentally, seem the sign of a decadent art rather than one which is progressing, were shown by placards with the inscription: "A Forest," "A Prison," and so on. Within this conventional setting the onlooker's imagination was free to follow the actions of the various characters who were animated by passions drawn from nature, and that was enough for him. So-called innovations are gratefully seized on as an excuse for poverty of invention and in the same way, the long descriptive passages that so overburden modern novels are a sign of sterility, for it is obviously easier to describe a dress or the outward appearance of an object than to trace the subtle development of a character or portray the emotions of the heart. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 He is the least mannered and consequently the most varied of artists. Mannered talents have but one bias, one usage only. They are more apt to follow the impulse of the hand than to control it. Those that are less mannered must be more varied, for they continually respond to genuine emotion. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 In every art we are always obliged to return to the accepted means of expression, the conventional language of the art. What is a black-and-white drawing but a convention to which the beholder has become so accustomed that with his mind's eye he sees a complete equivalent in the translation from nature? 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 For his contemporaries, Racine was a romantic, but for every age he is classical, that is to say, he is faultless. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Mythological subjects always new. Modern subjects difficult because of the absence of the nude and the wretchedness of modern costume. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Painting, in the beginning, was a trade like any other. Some men became picture-makers as others became glaziers or carpenters. Painters painted shields, saddles and banners. The primitive painter was more of a craftsman than we are; he learned his trade superlatively well before he thought of letting himself go. The reverse is true today. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Curiously enough, the Sublime is generally achieved through want of proportion. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Nature creates unity even in the parts of a whole. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 The so-called conscientiousness of the great majority of painters is nothing but perfection laboriously applied to the art of being boring. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 They say that truth is naked. I cannot admit this for any but abstract truths; in the arts, all truths are produced by methods which show the hand of the artist. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Weaknesses in men of genius are usually an exaggeration of their personal feeling; in the hands of feeble imitators they become the most flagrant blunders. Entire schools have been founded on misinterpretations of certain aspects of the masters. Lamentable mistakes have resulted from the thoughtless enthusiasm with which men have sought inspiration from the worst qualities of remarkable artists because they are unable to reproduce the sublime elements in their work. 
Author: Eugène Victor Eugène Delacroix
Nationality: French
b. 26 April 1798  - d. 13 August 1863
  
 Love is a capricious creature which desires everything and can be contented with almost nothing. 
Author: Madeleine Scudéry
Nationality: French
b. 15 November 1607  - d. 2 June 1701
  
 Love makes life's sweetest pleasures and worst misfortunes. 
Author: Madeleine Scudéry
Nationality: French
b. 15 November 1607  - d. 2 June 1701
  
 Death before dishonor. 
Author: Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud
Nationality: French
b. 31 May 1753  - d. 31 October 1793
  




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