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.

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French

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

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.

It would be better if only the old men fought the wars. Every country is the country of youth. When its youth dies, it dies with them.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

The theatre is like a Catholic Mass of language.

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

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

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.

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