A stock certificate is not a tool, like a shovel, or a commodity, like a pound of cheese. What we sell a customer is not a share in a business, but a view of the Elysian Fields. A financier is a creative artist. Our function is to stimulate the imagination. We are poets!

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French

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The secret of success is sincerity.

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.

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

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

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

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

Men don't deceive their wives unless they love them. When they love them most, they deceive them. It's a form of fidelity, their deceit.

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

Ask any soldier. To kill a man is to merit a woman.

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 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.

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.