(1844-1924) French Author, Nobel Prize Winner
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If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Caress every sentence gently, and soon it will turn into a smiling expression.
I cling to my imperfections as the very essence of my being.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
Religion has done love a great servive by making it a sin.
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.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
There is a certain impertinance in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.