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

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French


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

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

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

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.

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 secret of success is sincerity.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.