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Quotes of the day: Jean Giraudoux

Published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 4:07 AM EDT
Oct 29 2013

Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (October 29, 1882 – January 31, 1944) was a French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright. He is considered among the most important French dramatists of the period between World War I and World War II. His work is noted for its stylistic elegance and poetic fantasy. Giraudoux's dominant theme is the relationship between man and woman- or in some cases, between man and some unattainable ideal. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


To win a woman in the first place one must please her, then undress her, and then somehow get her clothes back on her. Finally, so she will allow you to leave her, you've got to annoy her.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

In wartime a man is called a hero. It doesn't make him any braver, and he runs for his life. But at least it's a hero who is running away.

Everyone always dies for his country. If you have lived in it, well and wisely and actively, you die for it too.

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.

I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.

Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.

A golf course is the epitome of all that is transitory in the universe, a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.

Everyone, when there's war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.

Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands.

Men should only believe half of what women say. But which half?

One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.

There is an invisible garment woven around us from our earliest years; it is made of the way we eat, the way we walk, the way we greet people.

A man has only one way of being immortal on earth: he has to forget he is a mortal.

There are no elements so diverse that they cannot be joined in the heart of a man.

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.

Not through discovery but through our fathomlessness do we move confidently through life.

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.

It's odd how people waiting for you stand out far less clearly than people you are waiting for.

I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.

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