We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French

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The older we women grow, the more clearly we see what men really are: hypocrites, boasters, he-goats. The older men grow, the more they doll us up with every perfection.

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

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.

If you sing a song of peace with enough gestures and grimaces, it becomes a war song.

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

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

The brave men die in war. It takes great luck or judgment not to be killed. Once, at least, the head has to bow and the knee has to bend to danger. The soldiers who march back under the triumphal arches are death's deserters.

When a grown man reaches forty, we change him for an old one. He has completely disappeared. There's only the most superficial resemblance between the two of them. Nothing is handed on from one to the other.

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

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

The theatre is like a Catholic Mass of language.

Agreement is never reached in love. The life of a wife and husband who love each other is never at rest. Whether the marriage is true or false, the marriage portion is the same: elemental discord.

There are no great people. There are only great topics.