There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.— Jean Anouilh
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Believe me; all evil comes from the old. They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them.
However tight I shut my eyes, there will always be a stray dog somewhere in the world who'll stop me being happy.
Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God.
The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.
Poor little men, poor little cocks! As soon as they're old enough, they swell their plumage to be conquerors. If they only knew that it's enough to be just a little bit wounded and sad in order to obtain everything without fighting for it.
What you get free costs too much.
Each of us has a day .. when he has to accept, finally, the fact that he is a man.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
Saintliness is also a temptation.
Life is a child playing round your feet, a tool you hold firmly in your grip, a bench you sit down upon in the evening, in your garden.
Effective action is always unjust.
Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.
God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.
Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.
Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path
One can make one's life a complete misery, worrying about burglaries and shipwrecks, but ask anyone, anyone you know ... earth-shattering disasters and fabulous inheritances all seems to take place exclusively in the newspapers.
Nothing is irreparable in politics.
Je sais de quelles petitesses meurent les plus grandes amours.
I know how pettiness ruins the greatest loves.
Life isn't what you think it is. It's like water, and the young let it trickle away between their fingers without even noticing. Cup your hands, keep it safe. Life eventually becomes something else, something hard, something simple, something you can hold in your hand and nibble on contentedly as you sit in the sun.
Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life.
Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.
What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating
Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?
Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.
God! Is there anything uglier than a frightened man!
Everything ends this way in France — everything.
Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs — everything is a pretext for a good dinner.
Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.
Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.
An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.
Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.
To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying.
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? -- a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.
Our entire life - consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.
Beauty is one of the rare things which does not lead to doubt of God.
It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.
In matters of money there's no such thing as enough.
Death has to be waiting at the end of the ride before you truly see the earth, and feel your heart, and love the world.
Chacun de nous a un jour, plus ou moins triste, plus ou moins lointain, o u' il doit enfin accepter d'e" tre un homme. There will come a day for each of us, more or less sad, more or less distant, whenwe must accept the condition of being human.
Rien n'est vrai que ce qu'on ne dit pas. Nothing is true except that which is unsaid.
There will always be a lost dog somewhere that will keep me from being happy.
Life is very nice, but it has no shape.
The object of art is actually to give it some and to do it by every artifice possible-truer than the truth.
A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.