French Novelist, Poet
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another."
"The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts. They bravely unveil their weaknesses, their doubts, their defects. They are courageous. They boldly ride a-tilt against prejudices. They love their fellow-men profoundly. They are generous. They allow their hearts to expand. They have compassion for all forms of suffering. Pity is the very foundation-stone of Genius."
"A people living under the... threat of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It doesn't not haggle over armaments and military expenditures. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is a fine thing for the financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain."
"One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me."
"That man is wise who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future."
"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
"If I were called upon to choose between beauty and truth, I should not hesitate; I should hold to beauty, being confident that it bears within it truth both higher and deeper than truth itself. I will go so far as to say there is nothing true in the world save beauty."
"There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant."
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe."
"Universal peace will be realized, not because man will become better, but because a new order of things, a new science, new economic necessities, will impose peace."
"War is not an art, and accident alone decides the outcome of battles. If two generals confront each other and both are stupid, one necessarily must win."
"We live between two dense clouds the forgetting of what was and the uncertainty of what will be."
"We live too much in books and not enough in nature, and we are very much like the simpleton of a Pliny the Younger, who went on studying a Greek author while before his eyes Vesuvius was overwhelming five cities beneath the ashes."
"Do not try to satisfy your vanity by teaching a great many things. Awaken people's curiosity. It is enough to open minds; do not overload them."
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.""