French Literature Quotes

Quotes tagged as "french-literature" (showing 1-30 of 47)
Antoine François Prévost
“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”
Prevost Abbe, Manon Lescaut

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
“Death, my son, is a good thing for all men; it is the night for this worried day that we call life. It is in the sleep of death that finds rest for eternity the sickness, pain, desperation, and the fears that agitate, without end, we unhappy living souls.”
Bernardin De Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie

John Leonard
“Isn't post-modernism really one big cover-up for the failure of the French to write a truly interesting novel ever since a sports car ate Albert Camus?”
John Leonard

Victor Hugo
“Ma vie est une énigme dont ton nom est le mot. (My life is an enigma, of which your name is the word.)”
Victor Hugo

Albert Camus
“Let's not worry. It's too late now. It will always be too late, fortunately!”
Albert Camus, The Fall

Jean-Paul Sartre
“If I didn't try to assume responsibility for my own existence, it would seem utterly absurd to go on existing.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason

“A force de peindre la vie des autres, il avait oublié de peindre la sienne."
On ne se tue pas pour une femme (2000)”
Olivier Weber

Jean-Paul Sartre
“When a man gets drunk he gets sentimental. That's what I wanted to avoid.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason

Voltaire
“Candide listened attentively and believed innocently; for he thought Miss Cunegonde extremely beautiful, though he never had the courage to tell her so.”
Voltaire, Candide

Pierre Louÿs
“...After you have done everything to please a man and he's taken his pleasure with you, all you are for him is a whore, and a whore's daughter.”
Pierre Louÿs, Three Naughty French Novels

Arthur Rimbaud
“Comme elle vous trouve immensément naïf,
Tout en faisant trotter ses petites bottines,
Elle se tourne, alerte et d'un mouvement vif....
Sur vos lèvres alors meurent les cavatines...”
Arthur Rimbaud, Roman

Honoré de Balzac
“Conscience, my dear, is a kind of stick that everyone picks up to thrash his neighbor with, but one he never uses against himself.”
Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions

Stendhal
“Viéndose forzado a pasar ocho días en Estrasburgo, Julián trataba de distraerse con ideas de gloria militar y de entrega a la patria. ¿Estaba enamorado? No lo sabía. Sólo sentía que su alma se atormentaba por Matilde y que ésta era dueña absoluta de su felicidad y de su imaginación.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Marcel Proust
“He suffered greatly from being shut up among all these people whose stupidity and absurdities wounded him all the more cruelly since, being ignorant of his love, incapable, had they known of it, of taking any interest, or of doing more than smile at it as at some childish joke, or deplore it as an act of insanity, they made it appear to him in the aspect of a subjective state which existed for himself alone, whose reality there was nothing external to confirm; he suffered overwhelmingly, to the point at which even the sound of the instruments made him want to cry, from having to prolong his exile in this place to which Odette would never come, in which no one, nothing was aware of her existence, from which she was entirely absent.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Delphine de Vigan
“Toda escrita de si é um romance. A narrativa é uma ilusão.”
Delphine de Vigan, D'après une histoire vraie

Honoré de Balzac
“Whoever wishes to rise above the common level must be prepared for a great struggle and recoil before no obstacle. A great writer is just simply a martyr whom the stake cannot kill.”
Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions

Stendhal
“Si Julián hubiera empleado en examinar lo que pasaba en el salón el tiempo que ponía en exagerar la belleza de Matilde o en apasionarse pensando en la altivez natural de su familia, a la que ella olvidaba por él, hubiera comprendido en qué consistía su poder sobre todo el que la rodeaba.
- Capítulo XI”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Sylvie  Lainé
“Sur le siège˚, il a oublié˚ son petit manteau˚ noir. Louis prend le manteau et appelle : « Monsieur ! Vous avez oublié votre menton˚ !

le siège: seat
oublier: to forget
le manteau: coat
le menton: chin”
Sylvie Lainé, Voyage en France, an Easy French Story: Part 1

Albert Camus
“Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come...”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

Alexander L. Kielland
“Jeg gir en god dag i litteraturen – foruten den franske da!”
Alexander L. Kielland, Tre Par. Lystspil i Tre Akter

Jean Cocteau
“Poetry is a machine that manufactures love. Its other virtues escape me.”
Jean Cocteau, Art & Faith

Jean Cocteau
“Opium resembles religion insofar as a magician resembles Jesus.”
Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau
“Art according to art! Love according to love! This is taking the salt away from Heaven. Do you think Our Savior tries to make Himself talked about? He does not ask to be recopied. God cannot be deified without ridicule. He likes to be lived. Dead languages are dead. One must translate Him into all the living languages, and help Him to hide Himself to do good just as the Devil hides himself to do evil.”
Jean Cocteau, Art & Faith

Marcel Proust
“And once again I had recognized the taste of the crumb of madeleine soaked in her decoction of lime-flowers which my aunt used to give me (although I did not yet know and must long postpone the discovery of why this memory made me so happy), immediately the old gray house upon the street, where her room was, rose up like the scenery of a theater.”
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

Marcia Brown
“A rich man's soup - and all from a few stones. It seemed like magic!”
Marcia Brown, Stone Soup

Simone de Beauvoir
“N'importe quoi pouvait donc m'arriver, comme à n'importe qui : quelle révolution! C'est tellement étonnant d'être soi, justement soi, c'est si radicalement unique, qu'on a peine à se persuader que cette singularité se rencontre chez tout le monde et qu'on relève des statistiques. Maladie, accident, malheur, ça n'arrive jamais qu'aux autres : mais sous les yeux des curieux, l'autre brusquement, c'était moi; comme tous les autres, j'étais pour tous les autres une autre.”
Simone de Beauvoir, La force de l'âge I

Charles Baudelaire
“La Nature est un temple où de vivants piliers
Laissent parfois sortir de confuses paroles ;
L'homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles
Qui l'observent avec des regards familiers.”
charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

Abhijit Naskar
“La Religion ne signifie pas obéir à certaines règles issues de livres écrits il y a des centaines ou des milliers d’années. La Religion signifie la réalisation du soi.”
Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to the Kingdom of Conscience

Abhijit Naskar
“Ils disent, aime Dieu, car c’est la plus grande des vertus. Je dis, aime l’humain, car il n’y a pas plus grande vertu, ni religion, que l’amour de l’humanité.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

Abhijit Naskar
“Concepts crées par les humains afin de mesurer leur degré d’attirance envers l’être et les choses cachées ou révélées, Beauté & Laideur ne sont pas naturelles et n’existent pas dans la Nature même de la Création.”
Abhijit Naskar

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