Civilization tries to persuade us we are going towards something, a distant goal. We have forgotten that our only goal is to live, to live each and every day, and that if we live each and every day, our true goal is achieved.— Jean Giono
The most cheering Jean Giono quotes that will transform you to a better person
The Italians are said to be noisy and to gesticulate, but that is a libel dreamed up by the English.
Spring sprang suddenly onto the land.
I should like to write about what happens when fictive people encounter and are embellished by real people.
All civilized people see the day beginning at dawn or a little after or a long time after or whatever time their work begins; this they lengthen according to their work, during what they call 'all day long'; and end it when they close their eyes. It is they who say the days are long. On the contrary, the days are round.
Remember, all of man's happiness is in the little valleys.
Tiny little ones. Small enough to call from one side to the other.
There are also times in life when a person has to rush off in pursuit of hopefulness.
For a human character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years. If this performance is devoid of all egoism, if its guiding motive is unparalleled generosity, if it is absolutely certain that there is no thought of recompense and that, in addition, it has left its visible mark upon the earth, then there can be no mistake.
Days begin and end in the dead of night.
They are not shaped long, in the manner of things which lead to ends - arrow, road, man's life on earth. They are shaped round, in the manner of things eternal and stable - sun, world, God.
Boredom is the most horrible of wolves.
From the time we began to build houses and cities, since we invented the wheel, we have not advanced one step toward happiness. We have always been in halves. As long as we invent and progress in mechanical things and not in love, we shall not achieve happiness.
I have always hated crowds. I like deserts, prisons, and monasteries. I have discovered, too, that there are fewer idiots at 3000 meters above sea level than down below.