The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
To accomplish great things,
we must not only act but also dream.
Not only plan but also believe.
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor
complaining against the changes which cause us
discomfort, for change is the very essence of life.
Universal peace will be realized, not because man will become better, but because a new order of things, a new science, new economic necessities, will impose peace.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
We reproach people for talking about themselves, but it is the subject they treat best.
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
We do not know what to do with this short life, but we want another that will be eternal.
- Voltaire French Philosopher
- Victor Hugo French Novelist
- Jean Cocteau French Poet, Novelist
- Andre Gide French Novelist
- Gustave Flaubert French Novelist
- Guy de Maupassant French Novelist
- Michel Houellebecq French Novelist
- Remy de Gourmont French Poet, Novelist, Critic
- Marcel Proust French Novelist
- Jean-Paul Sartre French Philosopher