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Blaise Pascal
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Voltaire
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Voltaire (Fran
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Simone Weil
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Quotes and sayings from famous french authors
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus

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

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

History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus

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

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

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire

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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There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo
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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

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

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac
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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

I leave before being left. I decide. Brigitte Bardot
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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

Imagination is intelligence with an erection. Victor Hugo

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

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

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

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

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

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. Auguste Rodin

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. Voltaire

I've suffered too much to hide my feelings. Isabelle Adjani

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. Napoleon Bonaparte



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