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Quotes and sayings from famous french authors
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus

Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth. Albert Camus

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Rene Descartes

To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while. Jean-Paul Sartre

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
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Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. Jean De La Bruyere
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One doesn't discover new lands without losing sight of the shore. Andre Gide

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not. Andre Gide
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To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. Emile Zola

Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend. Napoleon Bonaparte

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Madame de Stael

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. Marcel Pagnol

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac
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Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. Napoleon Bonaparte

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact. Honore de Balzac

You're beautiful, but you're empty. No one could die for you. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I leave before being left. I decide. Brigitte Bardot
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You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war. Napoleon Bonaparte

There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear. Napoleon Bonaparte

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly Henri Bergson

In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself. Frantz Fanon

People who make no noise are dangerous. Jean De La Fontaine

If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company. Jean-Paul Sartre

Imagination is intelligence with an erection. Victor Hugo

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