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To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus, philosopher
  • Happiness

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

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

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo, author
  • love

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Voltaire, writer
  • answers


History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
  • history

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

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

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust, author
  • gratitude

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not. Andre Gide, novelist
  • Self

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

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher
  • life

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel, designer
  • Identity

One doesn't discover new lands without losing sight of the shore. Andre Gide, novelist
  • discovery

Patience is also a form of action. Auguste Rodin, sculptor
  • Patience

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal, philosopher
  • Kindness

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Voltaire, writer
  • answers

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. Victor Hugo, author
  • change

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

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

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. Emile Zola, novelist
  • inspirational

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, dramatist
  • future

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, writer
  • greater

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust, author
  • consists

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, novelist
  • attitude

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

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust, author
  • discovery

I believe that when you work on yourself, you are attracted by different, more positive beings. Isabelle Adjani, actress
  • attracted

I leave before being left. I decide. Brigitte Bardot, actress
  • Love

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

There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
  • Motivational

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
  • Determination

Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel, designer
  • success

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

Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. Coco Chanel, designer
  • success

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

The beautiful is that which we cannot wish to change. Simone Weil, philosopher
  • change

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

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide, novelist
  • discover

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

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
  • Competition

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say. Rene Descartes, mathematician
  • Manners

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. Rene Descartes, mathematician
  • Education

A man of courage flees forward in the midst of new things. Jacques Maritain, philosopher
  • courage

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

Imagination is intelligence with an erection. Victor Hugo, author
  • imagination

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. Rene Descartes, mathematician
  • Simplicity

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

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. Auguste Rodin, sculptor
  • Artist

All happiness depends on courage and work. Honore de Balzac, novelist
  • happiness


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