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Type: Novelist
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 04/16/1844




 

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Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
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The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
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The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
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It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
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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.
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Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
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The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
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The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
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Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
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It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
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If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
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I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
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Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
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Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
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Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
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What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
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Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
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Silence is the wit of fools.
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No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
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Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
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The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
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One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
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