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.

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French

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

I don't like knowing about other people's feelings. There is nothing more embarrassing. Just as when you play cards and you see your opponent's hand. You are sure to lose.

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

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

When you see a woman who can go nowhere without a staff of admirers, it is not so much because they think she is beautiful, it is because she has told them they are handsome.

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

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

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.

I have been a woman for fifty years, and I've never yet been able to discover precisely what it is I am.

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

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

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.

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