Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.— Jules Renard
The most bashful Jules Renard quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
It doesn't pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke.
For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke, Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he'll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn't say.
An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.
As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
Wrinkles are engraved smiles.
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.
Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.
When the defects of others are perceived with so much clarity, it is because one possesses them oneself.
The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
I have a remarkable memory; I forget everything. It is wonderfully convenient. It is as though the world were constantly renewing itself for me.
There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.
The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire.
To have a horror of the bourgeois is bourgeois.
We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it
Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell. A man can say: I never made a fortune because it is not in my character to be rich.
I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.
We are ignorant of the Beyond because this ignorance is the condition of our own life. Just as ice cannot know fire except by melting and vanishing.
I have no religion,’ says Borneau, ‘but I respect the religion of others.
Religion is sacred.’ Why this privilege, this immunity?... A believer creates God in his own image; if he is ugly, his God will be morally ugly. Why should moral ugliness be respectable?
I am not sincere, even when I say I am not.
Being bored is an insult to oneself.
Don't tell a woman she's pretty; tell her there's no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you.
Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.
We are in the world to laugh. In purgatory or in hell we shall no longer be able to do so. And in heaven it would not be proper.
Be modest! It is the kind of pride least likely to offend.
In literature, there are only oxen. The biggest ones are the geniuses-the ones who toil eighteen hours a day without tiring.
If one were to build the house of happiness, the largest space would be the waiting room.
Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins.
Dreaming is to think by moonlight by the light of an inner moon.
The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead.
Some people are so boring that they make you waste an entire day in five minutes.
Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very, very long time.
We are so happy to advise others that occasionally we even do it in their interest.
In morals, always do as others do; in art, never.
It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
Talent is like money; you don't have to have some to talk about it.
Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none
The strong do not hesitate. They settle down, they sweat, they go on to the end. They exhaust the ink, they use up the paper.
Words are the small change of thought.
A beautiful line of verse has twelve feet, and two wings.
Our dream dashes itself against the great mystery like a wasp against a window pane. Less merciful than man, God never opens the window.