The theatre is like a Catholic Mass of language.

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: French

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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.

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.

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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