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1. “The two main criminals are France and the United States. They owe Haiti enormous reparations because of actions going back hundreds of years. If we could ever get to the stage where somebody could say, 'We're sorry we did it,' that would be nice. But if that just assuages guilt, it's just another crime. To become minimally civilized, we would have to say, 'We carried out and benefited from vicious crimes. A large part of the wealth of France comes from the crimes we committed against Haiti, and the United States gained as well. Therefore we are going to pay reparations to the Haitian people.' Then you will see the beginnings of civilization.”

Tags : American Imperialism Apologies Civilisation Crime France French Imperialism Guilt Haiti History Imperialism Reparations United States Wealth
Author : Noam Chomsky
Source : Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

2. “The French: a people who have used their sophisticated culture and beautiful language to bequeath to the world the sliced potato.”

Tags : France French Fries Funny Humor
Author : Bauvard
Source : Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

3. “Long before it was known to me as a place where my ancestry was even remotely involved, the idea of a state for Jews (or a Jewish state; not quite the same thing, as I failed at first to see) had been 'sold' to me as an essentially secular and democratic one. The idea was a haven for the persecuted and the survivors, a democracy in a region where the idea was poorly understood, and a place where—as Philip Roth had put it in a one-handed novel that I read when I was about nineteen—even the traffic cops and soldiers were Jews. This, like the other emphases of that novel, I could grasp. Indeed, my first visit was sponsored by a group in London called the Friends of Israel. They offered to pay my expenses, that is, if on my return I would come and speak to one of their meetings.I still haven't submitted that expenses claim. The misgivings I had were of two types, both of them ineradicable. The first and the simplest was the encounter with everyday injustice: by all means the traffic cops were Jews but so, it turned out, were the colonists and ethnic cleansers and even the torturers. It was Jewish leftist friends who insisted that I go and see towns and villages under occupation, and sit down with Palestinian Arabs who were living under house arrest—if they were lucky—or who were squatting in the ruins of their demolished homes if they were less fortunate. In Ramallah I spent the day with the beguiling Raimonda Tawil, confined to her home for committing no known crime save that of expressing her opinions. (For some reason, what I most remember is a sudden exclamation from her very restrained and respectable husband, a manager of the local bank: 'I would prefer living under a Bedouin muktar to another day of Israeli rule!' He had obviously spent some time thinking about the most revolting possible Arab alternative.) In Jerusalem I visited the Tutungi family, who could produce title deeds going back generations but who were being evicted from their apartment in the old city to make way for an expansion of the Jewish quarter. Jerusalem: that place of blood since remote antiquity. Jerusalem, over which the British and French and Russians had fought a foul war in the Crimea, and in the mid-nineteenth century, on the matter of which Christian Church could command the keys to some 'holy sepulcher.' Jerusalem, where the anti-Semite Balfour had tried to bribe the Jews with the territory of another people in order to seduce them from Bolshevism and continue the diplomacy of the Great War. Jerusalem: that pest-house in whose environs all zealots hope that an even greater and final war can be provoked. It certainly made a warped appeal to my sense of history.”

Tags : Antisemitism Arabs Armageddon Bedouin Bolshevism Britain Christianity Crimean War Democracy Diplomacy Ethnic Cleansing Fanaticism History House Arrest Israel Jerusalem Leftism London Palestine Persecution Raimonda Tawil Ramallah Religious Extremism Secularism
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

4. “I regard anti-Semitism as ineradicable and as one element of the toxin with which religion has infected us. Perhaps partly for this reason, I have never been able to see Zionism as a cure for it. American and British and French Jews have told me with perfect sincerity that they are always prepared for the day when 'it happens again' and the Jew-baiters take over. (And I don't pretend not to know what they are talking about: I have actually seen the rabid phenomenon at work in modern and sunny Argentina and am unable to forget it.) So then, they seem to think, they will take refuge in the Law of Return, and in Haifa, or for all I know in Hebron. Never mind for now that if all of world Jewry did settle in Palestine, this would actually necessitate further Israeli expansion, expulsion, and colonization, and that their departure under these apocalyptic conditions would leave the new brownshirts and blackshirts in possession of the French and British and American nuclear arsenals. This is ghetto thinking, hardly even fractionally updated to take into account what has changed. The important but delayed realization will have to come: Israeli Jews are a part of the diaspora, not a group that has escaped from it. Why else does Israel daily beseech the often-flourishing Jews of other lands, urging them to help the most endangered Jews of all: the ones who rule Palestine by force of arms? Why else, having supposedly escaped from the need to rely on Gentile goodwill, has Israel come to depend more and more upon it? On this reckoning, Zionism must constitute one of the greatest potential non sequiturs in human history.”

Tags : American Jews Antisemitism Argentina Atheism Britain British Jews Colonialism Expansionism Fascism France French Jews Gentiles Haifa Hebron History Israel Israeli Palestinian Conflict Jewish Diaspora Jews Law Of Return Nuclear Weapons Religion United States Zionism
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

5. “The city of Paris, France, became a place of refuge for biracial Americans during slavery and at the time of the Harlem Renaissance for black musicians, fine artists, writers and others seeking opportunities to practice their craft free from American racism.”

Tags : Antiracism Biracial Day To End Racism Diversity France Harlem Renaissance Human Migrations Human Rights Day Humanism Migrants Multiculturalism Multiculturalismo Paris Paris Attacks Racism Refugees Slavery
Source : Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

6. “Ask him about the cemeteries, Dean!"In 1966 upon being told that President Charles DeGaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U.S. troops must be evacuated off of French soil President Lyndon Johnson mentioned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he should ask DeGaulle about the Americans buried in France. Dean implied in his answer that that DeGaulle should not really be asked that in the meeting at which point President Johnson then told Secretary of State Dean Rusk:"Ask him about the cemeteries Dean!"That made it into a Presidential Order so he had to ask President DeGaulle.So at end of the meeting Dean did ask DeGaulle if his order to remove all U.S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000+ soldiers buried in France from World War I and World War II.DeGaulle, embarrassed, got up and left and never answered.”

Tags : De Gaulle France Nato Politicians United States Of America

7. “Man is a bad animal....”

Tags : Brion British Burroughs English France Gysin
Author : Brion Gysin
Source : Here to Go: Planet R-101

8. “some trillions of years ago a sloppy, dirty giant flicked grease from his fingers. One of those gobs of grease is our universe on its way to the floor. Splat!”

Tags : Brion British Burroughs English France Gysin
Author : Brion Gysin

9. “Self-preservation and determination meant she could get away with anything. As her law-abiding, conventionally minded daughter, I secretly envied her this. She was not the clinging-vine type, nor one who could coax sugar from a lemon. Hers was the frontal attack with no inhibitions. She told the Nazis you could not trust Hitler, and they let her go. In the days of chaperones, she hitch-hiked a ride on a French destroyer along the coast of Crete; 'All quite proper, I had my cook with me,' she explained.”

Tags : Archaeologists Crete France Harriet Boyd Hawes Nazis Self Determination Self Preservation Victorian Era Women S History

10. “[And conversely, Woodrow Wilson finishes dead last.]Yes [...] I think World War I was avoidable for the United States, certainly; we kind of look back on Germany as being 'evil' (because of World War II), but back in World War I it was much more ambiguous who was at fault - and the allies, including our French and British allies and the Russians also were at fault - and after World War I there was a revulsion because the Bolsheviks released their correspondences with Britain and France: Britain and France were trying to grab colonies, and so the American people said, 'We were fighting...we lost all these people in this massive war just to help these people grab territory?' So there was a revulsion at that time; we don't hear that now because we're distant from it.Woodrow Wilson has been elevated as one of the better presidents but I think if you go back and look at it, the war was avoidable...and of course Woodrow Wilson helped bring Hitler to power by insisting on the abdication of the Kaiser after World War I - which was totally unnecessary. Germany was a constitutional monarchy before the war, and was vilified. It was actually the most aggressive state in Europe [...] and there were many things wrong with the Kaiser's personality, but I think Germany is unnecessarily vilified for that war.”

Tags : Corruption Democrat Dictator Foreign Policy France Germany Government Japan Libertarian Monarch Non Interventionist President Republican Woodrow Wilson World War I World War Ii
Author : Ivan Eland

11. “Almost immediately after jazz musicians arrived in Paris, they began to gather in two of the city’s most important creative neighborhoods: Montmartre and Montparnasse, respectively the Right and Left Bank haunts of artists, intellectuals, poets, and musicians since the late nineteenth century. Performing in these high-profile and popular entertainment districts could give an advantage to jazz musicians because Parisians and tourists already knew to go there when they wanted to spend a night out on the town. As hubs of artistic imagination and experimentation, Montmartre and Montparnasse therefore attracted the kinds of audiences that might appreciate the new and thrilling sounds of jazz. For many listeners, these locations leant the music something of their own exciting aura, and the early success of jazz in Paris probably had at least as much to do with musicians playing there as did other factors.In spite of their similarities, however, by the 1920s these neighborhoods were on two very different paths, each representing competing visions of what France could become after the war. And the reactions to jazz in each place became important markers of the difference between the two areas and visions. Montmartre was legendary as the late-nineteenth-century capital of “bohemian Paris,” where French artists had gathered and cabaret songs had filled the air. In its heyday, Montmartre was one of the centers of popular entertainment, and its artists prided themselves on flying in the face of respectable middle-class values. But by the 1920s, Montmartre represented an established artistic tradition, not the challenge to bourgeois life that it had been at the fin de siècle. Entertainment culture was rapidly changing both in substance and style in the postwar era, and a desire for new sounds, including foreign music and exotic art, was quickly replacing the love for the cabarets’ French chansons. Jazz was not entirely to blame for such changes, of course. Commercial pressures, especially the rapidly growing tourist trade, eroded the popularity of old Montmartre cabarets, which were not always able to compete with the newer music halls and dance halls. Yet jazz bore much of the criticism from those who saw the changes in Montmartre as the death of French popular entertainment. Montparnasse, on the other hand, was the face of a modern Paris. It was the international crossroads where an ever changing mixture of people celebrated, rather than lamented, cosmopolitanism and exoticism in all its forms, especially in jazz bands. These different attitudes within the entertainment districts and their institutions reflected the impact of the broader trends at work in Paris—the influx of foreign populations, for example, or the advent of cars and electricity on city streets as indicators of modern technology—and the possible consequences for French culture. Jazz was at the confluence of these trends, and it became a convenient symbol for the struggle they represented.”

Tags : 1920S 1930S Bohemia France French Interwar Years Jazz Paris
Source : Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris

12. “A little while ago, I stood by the grave of the old Napoleon—a magnificent tomb of gilt and gold, fit almost for a dead deity—and gazed upon the sarcophagus of rare and nameless marble, where rest at last the ashes of that restless man. I leaned over the balustrade and thought about the career of the greatest soldier of the modern world.I saw him walking upon the banks of the Seine, contemplating suicide. I saw him at Toulon—I saw him putting down the mob in the streets of Paris—I saw him at the head of the army of Italy—I saw him crossing the bridge of Lodi with the tri-color in his hand—I saw him in Egypt in the shadows of the pyramids—I saw him conquer the Alps and mingle the eagles of France with the eagles of the crags. I saw him at Marengo—at Ulm and Austerlitz. I saw him in Russia, where the infantry of the snow and the cavalry of the wild blast scattered his legions like winter's withered leaves. I saw him at Leipsic in defeat and disaster—driven by a million bayonets back upon Paris—clutched like a wild beast—banished to Elba. I saw him escape and retake an empire by the force of his genius. I saw him upon the frightful field of Waterloo, where Chance and Fate combined to wreck the fortunes of their former king. And I saw him at St. Helena, with his hands crossed behind him, gazing out upon the sad and solemn sea.I thought of the orphans and widows he had made—of the tears that had been shed for his glory, and of the only woman who ever loved him, pushed from his heart by the cold hand of ambition. And I said I would rather have been a French peasant and worn wooden shoes. I would rather have lived in a hut with a vine growing over the door, and the grapes growing purple in the kisses of the autumn sun. I would rather have been that poor peasant with my loving wife by my side, knitting as the day died out of the sky—with my children upon my knees and their arms about me—I would rather have been that man and gone down to the tongueless silence of the dreamless dust, than to have been that imperial impersonation of force and murder, known as 'Napoleon the Great.”

Tags : Alps Ambition Death Egypt France Glory Italy Killing Love Murder Napoleon Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon The Great Orphans Paris Peasant Pyramids Russia Soldier Tomb Toulon Waterloo Widows
Source : The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

13. “88. People wonder why so many writers come to live in Paris. I’ve been living ten years in Paris and the answer seems simple to me: because it’s the best place to pick ideas. Just like Italy, Spain.. or Iran are the best places to pick saffron. If you want to pick opium poppies you go to Burma or South-East Asia. And if you want to pick novel ideas, you go to Paris.”

Tags : Asia Burma Creativity Expatriate Expatriot Expats France Ideas Inspiration Opiate Opiates Opium Paris Parisians Poppies Saffron Travel Writer S Block Writing
Author : Roman Payne
Source : Crepuscule

14. “Dans une vie de bohème on peut faire de poème.Comment serait la viesans la douce poésie?”

Tags : Aimer Amante Amour Auteur Boheme Doucement Dérive Ecriture Errance Francais France Hymnes Inspiration Inspire Liberté Libre Livre Lyrique Muse Musique Poeme Poéte Poétique Victor Hugo Vie
Source : L'Amante de Victor Hugo

15. “Both died, ignored by most; they neither sought nor found public favour, for high roads never lead there. Laurent and Gerhardt never left such roads, were never tempted to peruse those easy successes which, for strongly marked characters, offer neither allure nor gain. Their passion was for the search for truth; and, preferring their independence to their advancement, their convictions to their interests, they placed their love for science above that of their worldly goods; indeed above that for life itself, for death was the reward for their pains. Rare example of abnegation, sublime poverty that deserves the name nobility, glorious death that France must not forget!”

Tags : Advancement Auguste Laurent Charles Frédéric Gerhardt Charles Gerhardt Favor France Gerhardt Glorious Ignored Interests Laurent Life Love Nobility Poverty Publicity Reward Science Search Sublime Truth

16. “It was like the first time I visited Versailles. There was an eerieness, like I'd been there before. I don't know if I was Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette or a lowly groundskeeper, but I lived there.”

Tags : 18Thc France History Loius Xiv Marie Antoinette Northern Exposure Versailles

17. “The truth is that, in times of turmoil, people look for a scapegoat to sacrifice. Marie Antoinette just happened to be the French Revolution's favorite It girl. To be fair, Marie Antoinette lived in a world which she was expected to obey her husband as if he were God,, to spill forth children as if she were Eve--- and then accept that aristocrats ate cake while peasants had no bread. After all, it was divine will and all that.”

Tags : France French Revolution Marie Antoinette
Author : Kris Waldherr
Source : Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di

18. “First things first: Marie Antoinette never said, 'Let them eat cake.' Those words were attributed to an earlier French Queen, Marie-Therese, the wife of the Sun King Louis XIV. By 1767---a year in which Marie Antoinette was still an innocent German-speaking twelve-year-old in Austria....”

Tags : France Let Them Eat Cake Marie Antoinette Queen Marie Therese
Author : Kris Waldherr
Source : Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di

19. “Motherhood had been metamorphosing Marie Antoinette into a more grounded and responsible woman. Her pregnancies had necessitated several months' absence from her usual round of gay amusements and she discovered that it was more fun to spend time with her children than it had been to play faro deep into the wee hours of the morning. But her reputation as a frivolous, extravagant ninny and the marital issues in the royal bed had already demonized her in the eyes of the people at all levels of society.”

Tags : France French History Marie Antoinette
Source : Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire

20. “I know of no other place that is so fascinating yet so frustrating, so aware of the world and its own place within it but at the same time utterly insular. A country touched by nostalgia, with a past so great - so marked by brilliance and achievement - that French people today seem both enriched and burdened by it. France is like a maddening, moody lover who inspires emotional highs and lows. One minute it fills you with a rush of passion, the next you're full of fury, itching to smack the mouth of some sneering shopkeeper or smug civil servant. Yes, it's a love-hate relationship.”

Tags : Expatriate France French
Source : Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris

21. “They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together.”

Tags : France Polo Richness Wealth
Source : The Great Gatsby

22. “They left me. My parents actually left me! IN FRANCE!”

Tags : Anna And The French Kiss France Paris
Source : Anna and the French Kiss

23. “If you ask the great city, ‘Who is this person?,’ she will answer, ‘He is my child.”

Tags : France Paris
Author : Victor Hugo
Source : Les Misérables

24. “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?”

Tags : Cheese Diversity Divisiveness Food France Politics

25. “... you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.”

Tags : Falling In Love First Love France I Love Paris I Love You Love Love At First Sight Love Story Paris Romance Romance Novels Romantic Romantically Honest
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

26. “Of course, my Christmas is (so much more) gorgeous and romantic (than Germany's)!! And unlike the rest of the world, we leave wine behind for Santa Claus!""So Santa-san is delivering gifts to children while driving under the influence . . . ?”

Tags : Christmas France Gifts Hetalia Influence Japan Wine
Source : Hetalia: Axis Powers, Vol. 2

27. “ohonhonhonhon~”

Tags : Bonnefoy France Francis Hetalia Rape Sex

28. “You're the best gay friend I've ever had!”

Tags : America France Hetalia The Beautiful World

29. “You know, sometimes I don't understand what's wrong with us. This is just about the most creative and imaginative country on earth—and yet sometimes we just don't seem to have the gumption to exploit our intellectual property. We split the atom, and now we have to get French or Korean scientists to help us build nuclear power stations. We perfected the finest cars on earth—and now Rolls-Royce is in the hands of the Germans. Whatever we invent, from the jet engine to the internet, we find that someone else carts it off and makes a killing from it elsewhere.”

Tags : Britain Cars France Germany Intellectual Property Internet Jet Engine Korea Nuclear Fission Nuclear Power Rolls Royce Science
Author : Boris Johnson

30. “Lies Have expiry dates but the truth never expires”

Tags : Africa And And Wife Clinton Eleanor Roosevelt Inspiration Inspirational Insurance J K Rowling Lied Light Lying Mahatma Gandhi Motivational Nakayima Pressure Obama Rapist Sex South Africa Teens True True Lies Hiv Truth Twenty Years From Now You
Author : Oche Otorkpa

31. “Thomas Jefferson asked himself “In what country on earth would you rather live ” He first answered “Certainly in my own where are all my friends my relations and the earliest and sweetest affections and recollections of my life.” But he continued “which would be your second choice ” His answer “France.”

Tags : France Home

32. “To evoke another great phrase of the American revolutionary heritage — widely though inconclusively attributed to Thomas Jefferson — the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Such a phrase is merely trite, however, unless we consider its deeper implications. For the French revolutionaries, as for so many regimes that have succeeded them across the world up to the present day, the call for vigilance against enemies, both external and internal, was the first step on the road to the loss of liberty, and lives.Of far more significance, and the true and tragic lesson of the epic descent into The Terror, is the summons to vigilance against ourselves — that we should not assume that we are righteous, and our enemies evil; that we can see clearly, and to others are blinded by malice or folly; that we can abrogate the fragile rights of others in the name of our own certainty and all will be well regardless.If we do not honor the message of human rights born in the revolutions of 1776 and 1786, as the French in their case most certainly failed to do, we too are on the road to The Terror.”

Tags : America Exceptionalism France Freedom Imperialism Patriotism The Terror
Author : David Andress
Source : The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France

33. “Who ought to be the king of france-the person who has the title, or the man who has the power?”

Tags : France King Power Title

34. “Persinette, let down your hair.”

Tags : France French Hair Maiden Rapunzel Tower
Source : Persinette, the Maiden in the Tower: The Classic French 'Rapunzel' Fairytale

35. “I hate France. It's like the whole country's on a diet”

Tags : Diet Food France
Author : Gordon Korman
Source : One False Note

36. “C'etait un jour de fete. Mais l'haine se repete. Laissez pas la peur dominer le coeur, Si on veut que l'amour soit vainqueur”

Tags : Amante Amour Assassin Bastille Bastille Pompeii Chute Conscience Contemplation Crime Despoir Fete France Independance Lamour Nouvelles Peuple Peur Terrible Terror Terrorisme Vain Vengeance Victor Hugo Ville
Source : L'Amante de Victor Hugo

37. “You are hard at work madam ," said the man near her.Yes," Answered Madam Defarge ; " I have a good deal to do."What do you make, Madam ?"Many things."For instance ---"For instance," returned Madam Defarge , composedly ,Shrouds."The man moved a little further away, as soon as he could, feeling it mightily close and oppressive .”

Tags : Dickens France Funny Humor Mob Revolution Rude Shrouds
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

38. “Above Constance's desk were nude photographs of women in 1930s France, draped in provocative poses. She had put them there for Bob's viewing pleasure and in return he had placed African art of naked men above his desk for her.”

Tags : 1930S African Art Bob Dubois Constance Dubois Desks France Kitty Logan Nakedness Pleasure
Author : Cecelia Ahern
Source : One Hundred Names

39. “And the One will take the Sword of the Western Sun and triumph over the enemy with boldness and insight. The arm of the One is steady and heads will roll. Snow Giants will battle”

Tags : 1600S Amorgos Battle Bow And Arrow Class Difference Coming Of Age Cooper Elf Fantasy Growing Up Magic Minotaur Peasant Princess Prophesies Relationships Reluctant Hero Romance Satyr Savior Shield Smithy Sword Fighting Weaponry Zeus
Source : Shield of the Palidine

40. “And the One will win the Armor of the Easter Dawn and defeat the enemy with audacity and wisdom. The body of the One is strong and ready to lead. Lammasu will pounce”

Tags : 1600S Amorgos Armor Battle Chateau De Saint Germain En Laye Coming Of Age Dryad Elves Fairies Fairy Fantasy Halfling Magic Mermaid Minotaur Portal Princess Prophesies Quest Redeemer Smithy Sword Fighting Weaponry Zeus
Source : Shield of the Palidine

41. “By the second cycle of the solstice of the warm time, the One will face the enemy. And the One will unearth the Shield of the Northern Lights and smote the enemy with daring and intelligence. The heart of the One is pious and evil will cower. Couatl will rise.”

Tags : 1600S Chateau De Saint Germain En Laye Class Difference Coming Of Age Cooper Cyclops Fairy Growing Up Halfling Hesit Historical Magic Peasant Portal Princess Redeemer Reluctant Hero Satyr Shield Smithy Sword Fighting Zeus
Source : Shield of the Palidine

42. “And the One will reveal the Bow of the Southern Star and conquer the enemy with courage and fine judgment. The sight of the One is true and the enemy cannot hide. Griffon will fly”

Tags : Armor Battle Chateau De Saint Germain En Laye Fairy Fantasy Greek Mythology Historical Magic Mermaid Minotaur Princess Prophesies Quest Reluctant Hero Romance Savior Shield
Source : Shield of the Palidine

43. “There are matters in that book, said to be done by the express command of God, that are as shocking to humanity, and to every idea we have of moral justice, as any thing done by Robespierre, by Carrier, by Joseph le Bon, in France, by the English government in the East Indies, or by any other assassin in modern times. When we read in the books ascribed to Moses, Joshua, etc., that they (the Israelites) came by stealth upon whole nations of people, who, as the history itself shews, had given them no offence; that they put all those nations to the sword; that they spared neither age nor infancy; that they utterly destroyed men, women and children; that they left not a soul to breathe; expressions that are repeated over and over again in those books, and that too with exulting ferocity; are we sure these things are facts? are we sure that the Creator of man commissioned those things to be done? Are we sure that the books that tell us so were written by his authority?...The Bible tells us, that those assassinations were done by the express command of God. And to read the Bible without horror, we must undo every thing that is tender, sympathising, and benevolent in the heart of man. Speaking for myself, if I had no other evidence that the Bible is fabulous, than the sacrifice I must make to believe it to be true, that alone would be sufficient to determine my choice.”

Tags : Assassin Assassinations Bible Command Destruction East Indies English Evidence Ferocity France Horror Israelites Joseph Le Bon Joshua Moses No Mercy Offense Robespierre Sacrifice The Bible
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

44. “There are matters in that book, said to be done by the express command of God, that are as shocking to humanity, and to every idea we have of moral justice, as any thing done by Robespierre, by Carrier, by Joseph le Bon, in France, by the English government in the East Indies, or by any other assassin in modern times. When we read in the books ascribed to Moses, Joshua, etc., that they (the Israelites) came by stealth upon whole nations of people, who, as the history itself shews, had given them no offence; that they put all those nations to the sword; that they spared neither age nor infancy; that they utterly destroyed men, women and children; that they left not a soul to breathe; expressions that are repeated over and over again in those books, and that too with exulting ferocity; are we sure these things are facts? are we sure that the Creator of man commissioned those things to be done? Are we sure that the books that tell us so were written by his authority?”

Tags : Assassin Bible Command East Indies English Ferocity France Joseph Le Bon Joshua Moses No Mercy Robespierre Shocking The Bible
Author : Thomas Paine
Source : The Age of Reason

45. “The guillotine is the ultimate expression of Law, and its name is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral. All social questions achieve their finality around that blade. The scaffold is an image. It is not merely a framework, a machine, a lifeless mechanism of wood, iron, and rope. It is as though it were a being having its own dark purpose, as though the framework saw, the machine listened, and the mechanism understood; as though that arrangement of wood and iron and rope expressed a will. In the hideous picture which its presence evokes it seems to be most terribly a part of what it does. It is the executioner's accomplice; it consumes, devouring flesh and drinking blood. It is a kind of monster created by the judge and the craftsman; a spectre seeming to live an awful life born of the death it deals.”

Tags : Death Execution Executioner France Scaffold
Author : Victor Hugo
Source : Les Misérables

46. “When Hitler marched across the RhineTo take the land of France,La dame de fer decided,‘Let’s make the tyrant dance.’Let him take the land and city,The hills and every flower,One thing he will never have,The elegant Eiffel Tower.The French cut the cables,The elevators stood still,‘If he wants to reach the top,Let him walk it, if he will.’The invaders hung a swastikaThe largest ever seen.But a fresh breeze blewAnd away it flew,Never more to be seen.They hung up a second mark,Smaller than the first,But a patriot climbedWith a thought in mind:‘Never your duty shirk.’Up the iron ladyHe stealthily made his way,Hanging the bright tricolour,He heroically saved the day.Then, for some strange reason,A mystery to this day,Hitler never climbed the tower,On the ground he had to stay.At last he ordered she be razedDown to a twisted pile.A futile attack, for still she standsBeaming her metallic smile.”

Tags : Eiffel Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower Poem Eiffel Tower Poems France French French History Heroism Hitler I Love France I Love Paris La Dame De Fer Paris Poem Poetry Poetry Quotes Resistance Resistance Movement Towers Victory World War 2 World War Two
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

47. “The Algerians were revolutionsists, they wanted land. France offered to let them be integrated into France. They told France, to hell with Fance, they wanted some land, not some France.”

Tags : Civil Rights France Independence Malcolm X Revolution
Author : Malcolm X

48. “The tastes of France are changing and we are the last of the banquet.”

Tags : Banquet France Tastes
Source : The Last Banquet

49. “Lebedev: France has a clear and defined policy... The French know what they want. They just want to wipe out the Krauts, finish, but Germany, my friend, is playing a very different tune. Germany has many more birds in her sights than just France...Shabelsky: Nonsense! ...In my view the German are cowards and the French are cowards... They're just thumbing their noses at each other. Believe me, things will stop there. They won't fight.Borkin: And as I see it, why fight? What's the point of these armaments, congresses, expenditures? You know what I'd do? I'd gather together dogs from all over the country, give them a good dose of rabies and let them loose in enemy country. In a month all my enemies would be running rabid.”

Tags : Dogs France Germany Humour War
Author : Anton Chekhov
Source : Ivanov

50. “Radia Hosni, mhitimu wa mikanda miwili myeusi ya sanaa za mapigano za kareti na kung’fu katika ngazi ya dani mbili za kung’fu na dani moja ya kareti, mwanajeshi wa Tunisia aliyepata mafunzo ya kawaida ya kijeshi nchini Ufaransa na mafunzo ya kikomandoo nchini Uingereza kabla ya kujiunga na Tume ya Dunia, alikuwa mshindi wa tuzo ya shujaa wa taifa la Tunisia. Hussein Kashoggi alipokuwa akiwasili Tunis kutokea Copenhagen, Radia alikuwa katika Uwanja wa Mpira wa El Menzah akiangalia mechi kati ya Stade Tunisien na Espérance ST – timu ambayo mchumba wake Fathi Meoki alikuwa kocha msaidizi. Fujo zilipozuka, baada ya Stade Tunisien kufungwa bao moja kwa sifuri na Espérance ST, Radia alipanda Quadrifoglio na kuondoka kuelekea Uwanja wa Ndege wa Tunis-Carthage; ambapo alimpokea Hussein Kashoggi na jambazi wa Kolonia Santita, Delfina Moore.”

Tags : Award Commando Training Copenhagen Dani France Hussein Kashoggi Karate Kareti Kocha Msaidizi Kung Fu Mafunzo Ya Kikomandoo Military Officer Mkanda Mweusi National Hero Quadrifoglio Sanaa Ya Mapigano Shujaa Wa Taifa La Tunisia Stade Olympique El Menzah Stade Tunisien Tume Ya Dunia Tuzo United Kindom Uwanja Wa Mpira Wa El Menzah Wodea Wodec World Commission

51. “For gypsies do not like to stay -They only come to go away.”

Tags : Children France Gypsies Life Madeline Paris
Source : Madeline and the Gypsies

52. “While we enjoy sunrise and all touch of sunlight, the other side of the world suffers from dark times, fireballs, and mourning, like a sunset that ends the day.”

Tags : France Palestinian Israeli Conflict Surroundings

53. “Like the magnolia tree, She bends with the wind,Trials and tribulation may weather her, Yet, after the storm her beauty blooms, See her standing there, like steel, With her roots forever buried,Deep in her Southern soil.”

Tags : Best Seller Carolina Rain Civil War Civil War Romance Novella France Historical Fiction Historical Romance Nancy B Brewer
Source : Letters from Lizzie

54. “... but we’ll be back for dinner … especially if you’re having soup de jour!”“Now, Troy! You know very well that soup de jour means ‘soup of the day.’ It changes every time!”

Tags : France Historical Romance Paris Soup De Jour
Author : Kellyn Roth
Source : The Lady of the Vineyard

55. “Sea and land may lie between us, but my heart is always there with you.”

Tags : Civil War France Historical Fiction Historical Romance Southern
Source : Letters from Lizzie

56. “France is to me the heroine in the romance of all the nations of all time. This feeling was born in me years ago when I read how her noble sons had defended America in its cradle. Today I am proud that I am one of the millions who will come to save our heroine from the clutches of the villain from across the Rhine.”

Tags : America France Germany Historical Romance History Inspirational Military History Patriotism Rhine World History Wwi
Source : That's War

57. “Majestatis naturæ by ingenium (Genius equal to the majesty of nature.)[Inscribed ordered by King Louis XV for the base of a statue of Buffon placed at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris.]”

Tags : France Genius Inscription Majesty Museum Of Natural History Naturalism Nature Paris

58. “A virgin woman has saved France as a virgin man has saved all mankind. (Une pucelle a sauvé la France, - Comme Un puceau a sauvé tous les hommes.)”

Tags : France Hommes Man Mankind Puceau Pucelle Sauver Save Virgin Woman
Source : Le Sablier

59. “I like France, where everybody thinks he's Napoleon--down here everybody thinks he's Christ.”

Tags : France Rome
Source : Tender Is the Night

60. “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”

Tags : Bastiat France Government History Liberal Libertarian Philosophy

61. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”

Tags : Art France Gardening
Author : Claude Monet

62. “To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”

Tags : Art France Impressionism Impressionist Inspirational Paris

63. “If your arteries are good, eat more ice cream. If they are bad, drink more red wine. Proceed thusly.”

Tags : France Health Humor Ice Cream Motivation Wine
Author : Sandra Byrd
Source : Bon Appetit

64. “When your done releasing sexual tensions, we have a meeting to continue!"~Francis Bonnefoy, Hetalia, English Dub”

Tags : France Humor Lol

65. “The French believe that kids feel confident when they're able to do things for themselves, and do those things well. After children have learned to talk, adults don't praise them for saying just anything. They praise them for saying interesting things, and for speaking well.”

Tags : France Parenting Praise
Source : Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

66. “With heart at rest I climbed the citadel'sSteep height, and saw the city as from a tower,Hospital, brothel, prison, and such hells,Where evil comes up softly like a flower.Thou knowest, O Satan, patron of my pain,Not for vain tears I went up at that hour;But like an old sad faithful lecher, fainTo drink delight of that enormous trullWhose hellish beauty makes me young again.Whether thou sleep, with heavy vapors full,Sodden with day, or, new appareled, standIn gold-laced veils of evening beautiful,I love thee, infamous city! Harlots andHunted have pleasures of their own to give,The vulgar herd can never understand.”

Tags : France Poetry

67. “George P. A. Healy; "I knew no one in France, I was utterly ignorant of the language, I did not know what I should do when once there; but I was not yet one-and-twenty, and I had a great stock of courage, of inexperience—which is sometimes a great help—and a strong desire to be my very best.”

Tags : France George P A Healy Traveling
Source : The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

68. “What's the big deal with France? How come everyone wants to go there? Let me tell you about France. Their music sucks. Their movies suck. Their berets suck. Their croissants are pretty good, but the place overall still sucks.My family went there once on the way to visit Dad's homeland family. EuroDisney. Need I say more?”

Tags : France Humor Places
Source : Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List

69. “(We loved Mother too, completely, but we were finding out, as Father was too, that it is good for parents and for children to be alone now and then with one another...the man alone or the woman, to sound new notes in the mysterious music of parenthood and childhood.)That night I not only saw my Father for the first time as a person. I saw the golden hills and the live oaks as clearly as I have ever seen them since; and I saw the dimples in my little sister's fat hands in a way that still moves me because of that first time; and I saw food as something beautiful to be shared with people instead of as a thrice-daily necessity.”

Tags : Food France Mexico
Author : M.F.K. Fisher
Source : The Gastronomical Me

70. “Yes, sir, there are things to see and do on the French Riviera without spending money.”

Tags : France Humour Risque
Source : Glory Road

71. “and let's face it, the French Army couldn't beat a girls hockey team”

Tags : Amusing France
Author : Bill Bryson
Source : Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

72. “Then forth, dear countrymen: let us deliverOur puissance into the hand of God,Putting it straight in expedition.Cheerly to sea; the signs of war advance:No king of England, if not king of France.”

Tags : England France Henry V
Source : Henry V

73. “In 1902, Marcellin P. Berthelot, often called the founder of modern organic chemistry, was one of France's most celebrated scientists—if not the world's. He was permanent secretary of the French Academy, having succeeded the giant Louis Pasteur, the renowned microbiologist. Unlike Delage, an agnostic, Berthelot was an atheist—and militantly so.”

Tags : Atheism Atheist Berthelot Chemist Chemistry Delage France Louis Pasteur Marcellin Berthelot Marcellin P Berthelot Militant Organic Chemistry Pasteur Science Scientist Thermochemistry Thomsen Berthelot Principle Yves Delage
Source : The Truth About the Shroud of Turin: Solving the Mystery

74. “Fallujah was a Guernica with no Picasso. A city of 300,000 was deprived of water, electricity, and food, emptied of most of its inhabitants who ended up parked in camps. Then came the methodical bombing and recapture of the city block by block. When soldiers occupied the hospital, The New York Times managed to justify this act on grounds that the hospital served as an enemy propaganda center by exaggerating the number of casualties. And by the way, just how many casualties were there? Nobody knows, there is no body count for Iraqis. When estimates are published, even by reputable scientific reviews, they are denounced as exaggerated. Finally, the inhabitants were allowed to return to their devastated city, by way of military checkpoints, and start to sift through the rubble, under the watchful eye of soldiers and biometric controls.”

Tags : Europe Foreign Policy France Human Rights Iraq Kosovo War Usa War
Author : Jean Bricmont
Source : Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War

75. “In the space of a single year, a crumbling rural village had sprouted an army town, like a great parasitical growth. The former peacetime aspect of the place was barely discernible. The village pond was where the dragoons watered their horses, infantry exercised in the orchards, soldiers lay in the meadows sunning themselves. All the peacetime institutions collapsed, only what was needed for war remained. Hedges and fences were broken or simply torn down for easier access, and everywhere there were large signs giving directions to military traffic. While roofs caved in, and furniture was gradually used up as firewood, telephone lines and electricity cables were installed. Cellars were extended outwards and downwards to make bomb shelters for the residents; the removed earth was dumped in the gardens. The village no longer knew any demarcations or distinctions between thine and mine.pp. 36-37”

Tags : Ernst Jünger First World War France Institutions Nature Of War Storm Of Steel Wwi
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Storm of Steel

76. “Out of the corner of his eye, he saw another woman sitting over in a wing chair, a pleasantly attractive lady wearing the tasteful clothes of a senior redactrice, or senior civil servant, the stylish black skirt, the dark stockings, the black pumps, and the starched white linen blouse of her caste. The dark hair was swept up in a chignon, elegant and functional, dark eyes glistened as she smiled at him in a professional manner. He could see that she was a woman who met men in a highly assured way—serene, and expert at creating a proper distance.”

Tags : 1930S France Paris Quai D Orsay
Author : Paul A. Myers
Source : Paris 1935: Destiny's Crossroads

77. “Sandrine opened her eyes to the soft gray light of early dawn. Recollections of sensual pleasure seemed to caress her body, bringing a smile to her lips. She lay back in the pillow and listened to the breathing of Philippe beside her. She lingered in the memory of the previous night, a memory that was like a warm and tender embrace, an evening of small intimate harmonies. As it should be.”

Tags : 1930S France Left Bank Paris
Author : Paul A. Myers
Source : Paris 1934: Victory in Retreat

78. “Ha!" cried Dr John contemptuously. "Magic! That is chiefly used for killing Frenchmen, is it not?”

Tags : France Great Britain Magic
Source : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

79. “Reticence was clearly a national characteristic, even if the other person spoke French.”

Tags : France French Mirabellebevan Paris Reticence Sara Sheridan
Author : Sara Sheridan
Source : British Bulldog

80. “For example, in Paris, if one desires to buy something, you enter the store and say "Good morning, sir" or "madam," depending on what is appropriate, you wait until you are greeted, you make polite chitchat about the weather or some such, and when the salesperson asks what they can do for you, then and only then do you bring up the vulgar business of the transaction you require.”

Tags : France Manners Paris
Source : Between the Bridge and the River

81. “To a common man, the opulence of the day makes no sense but to a philosopher, it is as clear as a night in the southern France.”

Tags : Death France Life Life Lessons Life Quotes Love Mind Philosophy Philosophy Of Life Understanding
Author : Indiana Lang

82. “Our values were under attacks, in ParisTell them:We stand UNITEDWe'll defend our valuesWe'll NOT be DIVIDED”

Tags : Charlie Hebdo Attack Victims Christians Extremism France Jesuischarlie Kobane Kurds Peace On Earth Terror Terrorism Widad Akrawi Yazidis
Author : Widad Akreyi

83. “Generalization is the biggest challenge that must be dealt with if we are to create spaces for constructive dialogue where muslims feel they are welcomed. This is equally true with regards to Westerners! Not all Westerners are against muslims, and not all terrorist attacks in the West are linked to Islamic jihadists.”

Tags : Charlie Hebdo Attacks Christians Extremism France Jesuischarlie Kobane Kurds Peace On Earth Terror Terrorism Widad Akrawi Yazidis
Author : Widad Akreyi

84. “I Will Follow AnyoneAnd Ask EveryoneTo Stand Together As One Civilisation Against Terrorism”

Tags : Charlie Hebdo Attack Victims Christians Extremism France Jesuischarlie Kobane Kurds Peace On Earth Terror Terrorism Widad Akrawi Yazidis
Author : Widad Akreyi

85. “I will follow anyone... and invite everyone... too unite and defend the freedom of expression.”

Tags : Charlie Hebdo Attack Christians Extremism France Jesuischarlie Kobane Kurds Peace On Earth Terror Terrorism Widad Akrawi Yazidis
Author : Widad Akreyi

86. “The free world cannot afford to accept any form of extremism, whether it is fascism, racism or religious extremism.”

Tags : Charlie Hebdo Attacks Christians Extremism France Jesuischarlie Kobane Kurds Peace On Earth Terror Terrorism Widad Akrawi Yazidis
Author : Widad Akreyi

87. “If I walked down by different streets to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the afternoon I could walk through the gardens and then go to the Musée du Luxembourg where the great paintings were that have now mostly been transferred to the Louvre and the Jeu de Paume. I went there nearly every day for the Cézannes and to see the Manets and the Monets and the other Impressionists that I had first come to know about in the Art Institute at Chicago. I was learning something from the painting of Cézanne that made writing simple true sentences far from enough to make the stories have the dimensions that I was trying to put in them. I was learning very much from him but I was not articulate enough to explain it to anyone. Besides it was a secret. But if the light was gone in the Luxembourg I would walk up through the gardens and stop in at the studio apartment where Gertrude Stein lived at 27 rue de Fleurus.”

Tags : Cezanne Ernest Hemingway France Museums Paris
Source : A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

88. “France, stop throwing awards at me! I have so many already, give them to people who need them.”

Tags : Art Artists Artists Life Assertiveness Award Artist Award Show Awards France Funny Funny Quotes Humility Hyperbole Self Importance
Author : Nuno Roque

89. “We're becoming slaves; the war scatters us in all directions, takes away everything we own, snatches the bread from out of our mouths; let me at least retain the right to decide my own destiny, to laugh at it, defy it, escape it if I can. A slave? Better to be a slave than a dog who thinks he's free as he trots along behind his master. She listened to the sound of men and horses passing by. They don't even realise they're slaves, she said to herself, and I, I would be just like them if a sense of pity, solidarity, the "spirit of the hive" forced me to refuse to be happy.”

Tags : France Love Slavery War Ww2 Ww2 Books

90. “Catherine de Medici brought her cooks to France when she married, and those cooks brought sherbet and custard and cream puffs, artichokes and onion soup, and the idea of roasting birds with oranges. As well as cooks, she brought embroidery and handkerchiefs, perfumes and lingerie, silverware and glassware and the idea that gathering around a table was something to be done thoughtfully. In essence, she brought being French to France.”

Tags : 1935 2015 France French Cooking French Culture French Food French History Medici
Source : The Arrangement

91. “« [...]. Il est certain qu’il y a eu dans les rapports de la Chrétienté et de l’Islam des choses bien extraordinaires, et qui sont très mal connues. Les Arabes sont restés en Provence, dans les Alpes, etc., au moins jusqu’au XIe siècle, mais l’histoire écrite par les Européens le cache soigneusement ; mais de nombreux noms d’origine arabe (noms de lieux et noms de personnes) restent toujours, en France aussi bien qu’en Italie ; je vous citerai seulement comme exemple la rivière appelée Ain (source), qui a donné son nom à un département dont le chef lieu est Bourg (tour ou forteresse)… » [Lettre à Guido Di Giorgio, Le Caire, 22 mars 1936]”

Tags : Arabs Bataille De Poitiers Charles Martel France
Author : René Guénon

92. “... far be it from a French man to interfere with love.”

Tags : France French French Men French People Love Love Story Paris Parisians Romance Romance Humor Romantic True Love
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

93. “...Nothing is more disgusting than a glass of milk, especially French milk, which comes in a box and can sit unrefrigerated for five months, at which point it simply turns into cheese and is moved to a different section of the grocery store.”

Tags : Cheese France French Humor Milk
Author : David Sedaris

94. “...human thought is by no means as private as it seems, and all that you need to read somebody else's mind is the willingness to read your own.”

Tags : France French Human Thought
Source : The Chateau

95. “Going through the customs dampened them further. Customs inspectors must have a mental twist that makes them suspicious of innocence. Dewy-eyed honeymooners, red-cheeked provincials, and helpless little old ladies lash them into frenzied investigation while slinking Orientals hugging small black bags are passed with scarcely a glance. George and Harriet stood under the letter “R” and watched reproachfully while a muttering little man flung their underclothes and dirty laundry right and left, leaving scattered heaps for them to put back in their suitcases.“I thought the French were supposed to be so polite,” said Harriet indignantly.Maybe it can't be proven statistically, but it’s a safe bet that any given American on his or her first trip to France will at some point remark with indignation that he or she had thought the French were supposed to be so polite.”

Tags : France French Travel
Author : Jack Iams

96. “This medical view of an ideal male who was insulated from pathogens was inextricably bound up with a parallel discourse about the maintenance of strong ego boundaries, a psychic investment in one’s bodily peripheries that effected a gradual closing (and, one might say, a closing off) of the male body, at once from the outer world of dangerous stimuli and from the inner world of threatening passions. Without a doubt, as Norbert Elias has shown, in the western world both men and women experienced a shift in their sense of personal boundaries during the early modern era where, amid changing social circumstances, rising thresholds of repugnance and shame were manifested among the upper-classes as a growing aversion to their own bodily functions and to the bodies of others. The changes wrought by new developments in table manners and etiquette were extended by the introduction of hygienic practices in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that endeavored to maximise the order and cleanliness of the social body while futher compartmentalising the bourgeois self as a discrete bodily unit.”

Tags : Fin De Siècle France French Gender Masculinity

97. “I said, “Je parle français.” Indira gave me a weird look. Or a look that said I was weird. Whichever. The point is, I don’t really speak French, but it’s a useful phrase for confusing people you don’t wish to speak with. However, it’s apparently more useful in Europe, where no one enjoys speaking to the French.”

Tags : Education France French Jakarta Militarytary Terrorism The Rainy Season Travel
Author : Tucker Elliot
Source : The Rainy Season

98. “Occasionally, merely for the pleasure of being cruel, we put unoffending Frenchmen on the rack with questions framed in the incomprehensible jargon of their native language, and while they writhed, we impaled them, we peppered them, we scarified them, with their own vile verbs and participles.”

Tags : France French Humor Language Travel
Author : Mark Twain
Source : The Innocents Abroad

99. “Gay-Lussac was quick, lively, ingenious and profound, with great activity of mind and great facility of manipulation. I should place him at the head of all the living chemists in France.”

Tags : Chemistry France French Gay Lussac Ingenious Joseph Louis Gay Lussac Praise Profound Science
Author : Humphry Davy

100. “Người Việt Nam đẻ ra là tự động biết sợ ma, sợ mơ thấy lửa, sợ gò má cao, sợ nốt ruồi ở tuyến lệ, sợ ăn thịt chó đầu tháng, sợ ăn thịt vịt đầu năm, sợ hương không uốn, sợ pháo không nổ, sợ năm hạn, sợ tuổi xung, sợ sao Thái Bạch, vân vân và vân vân. Người Pháp không sợ vu vơ như vậy. Người Pháp gọi đó là mê tín dị đoan. Nhưng người Pháp học cấp một đã sử dụng trôi chảy các thuật ngữ: thất nghiệp, trợ cấp xã hội, lương tối thiểu, tiền thuê nhà, tiền trả góp, tiền bảo hiểm ô tô, hợp đồng làm việc ngắn hạn, dài hạn, thời gian thử thách, thuế thu nhập, thuế thổ trạch, thuế ngự cư, thuế vô tuyến truyền hình, thuế giá trị gia tăng...Người nước ngoài ở Pháp còn sử dụng trôi chảy thêm một số thuật ngữ khác: thẻ cư trú tạm thời, thẻ cư trú vĩnh viễn, thẻ lao động, hồ sơ tị nạn, hồ sơ quốc tịch, hồ sơ đoàn tụ gia đình, hồ sơ xin trợ cấp...”

Tags : Fears France French Immigrants Vietnam Vietnamese
Author : Thuận
Source : Paris 11 tháng 8

101. “{...]I began to feel tears of frustration build up in my eyes, yearning to free themselves from their glandular prisons.”

Tags : Anger College Eyes France French Immigration Nyc Poetry Prison Sad Tears Twenty
Source : Twenty in Paris: A Young American Perspective of Studying Abroad in Paris

102. “Oh! do look at Miss Oriel's bonnet the next time you see her. I cannot understand why it should be so, but I am sure of this—no English fingers could put together such a bonnet as that; and I am nearly sure that no French fingers could do it in England.”

Tags : Fashion France Milliners
Source : Dr. Thorne

103. “My motto? Don’t trust someone who is just as cagey as yourself." "What kind of detective are you?” “A lousy one and proud of it. I write, remember?” She looked down at her hand & laughed. “Berretta doesn’t make lighters.” "Why I was a writer! My life revolved around fiction. I could make something up""She looked down at her hand & laughed. “Berretta doesn’t make lighters.” "So they're not Tolstoy, they're a little shorter...Okay, okay a lot. Go ahead, read my mystery series anyway." "A detective has their boundaries especially me. So mine shifted occasionally...okay a lot" “Beat it, Buster. My temper and this mace have a hair trigger.”“Interference could be lethal.” I got right up in his face, hissing, “Don’t push me, I’m hormonal.”I'm not really a lousy detective, just rough around the edges.”

Tags : Female Sleuth Fiction France Humor Memoir Mystery Romance Series Suspense Thriller Travel Women

104. “Finding a taxi, she felt like a child pressing her nose to the window of a candy store as she watched the changing vista pass by while the twilight descended and the capital became bathed in a translucent misty lavender glow. Entering the city from that airport was truly unique. Charles de Gaulle, built nineteen miles north of the bustling metropolis, ensured that the final point of destination was veiled from the eyes of the traveller as they descended. No doubt, the officials scrupulously planned the airport’s location to prevent the incessant air traffic and roaring engines from visibly or audibly polluting the ambience of their beloved capital, and apparently, they succeeded. If one flew over during the summer months, the visitor would be visibly presented with beautifully managed quilt-like fields of alternating gold and green appearing as though they were tilled and clipped with the mathematical precision of a slide rule. The countryside was dotted with quaint villages and towns that were obviously under meticulous planning control. When the aircraft began to descend, this prevailing sense of exactitude and order made the visitor long for an aerial view of the capital city and its famous wonders, hoping they could see as many landmarks as they could before they touched ground, as was the usual case with other major international airports, but from this point of entry, one was denied a glimpse of the city below. Green fields, villages, more fields, the ground grew closer and closer, a runway appeared, a slight bump or two was felt as the craft landed, and they were surrounded by the steel and glass buildings of the airport. Slightly disappointed with this mysterious game of hide-and-seek, the voyager must continue on and collect their baggage, consoled by the reflection that they will see the metropolis as they make their way into town. For those travelling by road, the concrete motorway with its blue road signs, the underpasses and the typical traffic-logged hubbub of industrial areas were the first landmarks to greet the eye, without a doubt, it was a disheartening first impression. Then, the real introduction began. Quietly, and almost imperceptibly, the modern confusion of steel and asphalt was effaced little by little as the exquisite timelessness of Parisian heritage architecture was gradually unveiled. Popping up like mushrooms were cream sandstone edifices filigreed with curled, swirling carvings, gently sloping mansard roofs, elegant ironwork lanterns and wood doors that charmed the eye, until finally, the traveller was completely submerged in the glory of the Second Empire ala Baron Haussmann’s master plan of city design, the iconic grand mansions, tree-lined boulevards and avenues, the quaint gardens, the majestic churches with their towers and spires, the shops and cafés with their colourful awnings, all crowded and nestled together like jewels encrusted on a gold setting.”

Tags : Adventures Airport Airports Charles De Gaulle Airport First Impressions France I Love Paris Paris Travel
Source : Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

105. “Dear heart,” he murmured, “do not look on me with those dear, scared eyes of yours. If there is aught that puzzles you in what I said, try and trust me a little longer. Remember, I must save the Dauphin at all costs; mine honor is bound with his safety. What happens to me after that matters but little, yet I wish to live for your dear sake.”

Tags : Adventure France Honor Love The Scarlet Pimprenel Trust
Author : Emmuska Orczy
Source : El Dorado: Further Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel

106. “... zebra crossings were rather like Bosnia's "safe zones": places where, if you die, you may simply die with the knowledge that your killer was in the wrong.”

Tags : France Humor Pedestrian
Author : Lucy Wadham
Source : The Secret Life of France

107. “Ears back, tail up! I got to show off the white tip on the end of my tail. It's the flag that all Shelties are proud of.”

Tags : Chula Dog Dog Trots Globe France Humor
Author : Sheron Long

108. “In this autumn of 1919, in which I write, we are at the dead season of our fortunes.”

Tags : France Keynes Paris Peace Versailles World War 1
Source : The Economic Consequences of the Peace

109. “All those who prefer peace to power, and happiness to glory should thank the colonized people for their civilizing mission. By liberating themselves, they made Europeans more modest, less racist, and more human. Let us hope that the process continues and that the Americans are obliged to follow the same course. When one’s own cause is unjust, defeat can be liberating.”

Tags : Europe Foreign Policy France Human Rights Iraq Kosovo Wa Usa War
Author : Jean Bricmont
Source : Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War

110. “...the weather was atrocious. A frightful storm burst upon us. We camped literally in water...To cap our woe, there was no means to light a single fire. We had to imagine dinner.”

Tags : Campaign France Franco Prussian Military Prussia War
Author : Leonce Patry
Source : The Reality of War: A Memoir of the Franco-Prussian War

111. “Dixon was not unconscious of this awed reverence which was given to her; nor did she dislike it; it flattered her as much as Louis the Fourteenth was flattered by his courtiers shading their eyes from the dazzling light of his presence.”

Tags : Admiration France Funny History Louis Xiv North And South Pride Respect Reverence
Source : North and South

112. “My first encounter with a baguette, torn still warm from its paper sheathing, shattered and sighed on contact. The sound stopped me in my tracks, the way a crackling branch gives deer pause; that’s what good crust does. Once I began to chew, the flavor unfolded, deep with yeast and salt, the warm humidity of the tender crumb almost breathing against my lips.”

Tags : Bakery Baking Bread Cooking Food France
Author : Sasha Martin
Source : Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

113. “Les feux de croisement, les lignes blanches, la lumière des lampadaires filtrée par une brume naissante._ Ou peut-être est-elle en train de se dissiper ?Les quartiers, les pâtés de maisons, écoles, mairies, arbres, platanes, chênes.”

Tags : France Nocturne Patelin

114. “Eiffel Tower" To Robert DelaunayEiffel Tower Guitar of the skyYour wireless telegraphy Attracts words As a rosebush the beesDuring the night The Seine no longer flowsTelescope or bugleEIFFEL TOWERAnd it's a hive of words Or an inkwell of honeyAt the bottom of dawn A spider with barbed-wire legs Was making its web of cloudsMy little boy To climb the Eiffel Tower You climb on a songDo re mi fa sol la ti do We are up on top A bird sings in the telegraph antennae It's the wind Of Europe The electric windOver there The hats fly away They have wings but they don't singJacqueline Daughter of France What do you see up thereThe Seine is asleep Under the shadow of its bridgesI see the Earth turning And I blow my bugleToward all the seasOn the path Of your perfume All the bees and the words go their wayOn the four horizons Who has not heard this song I AM THE QUEEN OF THE DAWN OF THE POLES I AM THE COMPASS THE ROSE OF THE WINDS THAT FADESEVERY FALLAND ALL FULL OF SNOW I DIE FROM THE DEATH OF THAT ROSE IN MY HEAD A BIRD SINGS ALL YEAR LONGThat's the way the Tower spoke to me one dayEiffel Tower Aviary of the world Sing SingChimes of ParisThe giant hanging in the midst of the void Is the poster of FranceThe day of Victory You will tell it to the stars”

Tags : Eiffel Tower France Modern Paris Seine
Source : The Cubist Poets in Paris: An Anthology

115. “If you feel joy when you do something unselfish for him, and would just as soon do it in secret as openly, then that rings of the true metal”

Tags : Art France Joy Life Lisette S List Love Nun Painting Paris Susan Vreeland
Source : Lisette's List

116. “Humans are curious creatures. What we cannot see, our logical minds will try to deny.”

Tags : Curse France Historical Ficiton Mystery Romance Victorian
Source : Garnet

117. “It's about more than us, now, can't you see? I love you, of course I do, but some things...some things just have to be done.”

Tags : France Love Story Resistance Starcrossed Wartime
Source : The Things We Did For Love

118. “De todas las borrascas que caen sobre el amor, ninguna lo enfría y lo desarraiga tanto como las peticiones de dinero.”

Tags : Adulterio France Madame Bovary Naturalismo Realismo
Source : Madame Bovary

119. “Je suis la haine de tout ordre religieux et social que l’homme n'a pas établi et dans lequel il n'est pas roi et Dieu tout ensemble ; je suis la proclamation des droits de l'homme contre les droits de Dieu ; je suis la philosophie de la révolte, la politique de la révolte, la religion de la révolte ; je suis la négation armée ; je suis la fondation de l'état religieux et social sur la volonté de l'homme au lieu de la volonté de Dieu ! en un mot, je suis l’anarchie ; car JE SUIS DIEU DÉTRÔNÉ ET L'HOMME À SA PLACE. Voilà pourquoi je m'appelle Révolution ; c'est-à-dire renversement, parce que je mets en haut ce qui, selon les lois éternelles, doit être en bas, et en bas ce qui doit être en haut”

Tags : Catholique France Histoire Religion Révolution

120. “Une guerre à outrance contre la religion, la société, la famille, la propriété, tout ce que la Révolution n'a pas fait, elle le hait ; tout ce qu'elle hait, elle le détruit. Donnez-lui aujourd'hui le pouvoir absolu, et, malgré ses protestations, elle sera demain ce qu'elle fut hier, ce qu'elle sera toujours: la guerre à outrance contre la religion, la société, la famille, la propriété. Dieu du mal, elle ne change pas, elle ne peut changer. Qu'elle ne dise pas qu'on la calomnie: ses actes la trahissent. Souvenez-vous de 1793 et de 1848. Voyez ce qu'elle est en Italie en 1860. Avec une audace sans exemple, elle foule aux pieds la double charte du monde civilisé: la religion et le droit des gens. Elle la déchire, elle en porte les lambeaux sanglants au bout de ses baïonnettes. Sur ses drapeaux, elle inscrit le droit de révolte contre toute autorité, excepté la sienne ; le droit d'opprimer, d'expulser, d'incarcérer quiconque lui déplaît; le droit de dépouiller tous les souverains, en dépouillant le souverain le plus légitime de tous: et ce droit, elle le pratique”

Tags : Catholique France Religion Révolution

121. “La Révolution est Dieu détrôné et l'homme à sa place.”

Tags : Catholique France Religion Révolution

122. “Si mantenemos la palabra, la palabra nos mantendrá.”

Tags : Filosofía France Inspirational Palabra Philosophy Quere Quote Word
Author : France Quere

123. “It looks like a funeral parlour in here. Am I dead?”

Tags : France Ghost Story Paranormal Romance
Source : Echo Beach

124. “He was enraged and bitter and hoped for a personal meeting with Sarkozy where he would recount to him France's colonial history in Africa and make him see reasons why her policy of assimilation was a voyage to the destruction of Africa, its people, land, culture and sense of belonging.”

Tags : Africa Colonialism France Nicholas Sarkozy
Author : S.A. David
Source : Twas Within A Minute

125. “Why is it that they can only come up with one model of spaceship? You would assume such intelligent creatures could, once in a while, put out something in a nice powder blue and shaped like a footstool or maybe like France.”

Tags : Aliens Blue Footstools France Shape Spaceships
Author : Cuthbert Soup
Source : Another Whole Nother Story

126. “A beautiful white silk scarf was around her neck, tucked below the fur collar. Her lips were well painted into a bright red cupid’s bow. Cute as hell I always told myself, with a tinge of regret. She had a steady girlfriend.”

Tags : France Left Bank Paris Roaring 20S Solita Solano
Author : Paul A. Myers
Source : A Farewell in Paris

127. “It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”

Tags : Beautiful Cities City Of Light Cosmopolitan Cities France Paris Paris Attacks
Author : James Baldwin
Source : Another Country

128. “Years later, when Julia was famous she would often receive letters from people who asked not simply how they might learn to cook. They already knew the answer: The owned her cookbooks, but they were yearning to know how they might become passionate about it. She always answered the same thing: Go to France and eat.”

Tags : France French Food Julia Child
Author : Karen Karbo
Source : Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life

129. “Un jour, maman faisait la manche avec Maria dans ses bras. Les policiers lui ont demande de partir et, comme ils voyaent qu'elle avait du mal a se lever, ils l'ont aidee, a leur maniere. Ils l'ont fait monter dans leur voiture et sont partis a plusieurs kilometres de la, la laissant en pleine foret, son enfant dans les bras.”

Tags : 1999 Bourg En Bresse France Police Rom
Author : Anina Ciuciu

130. “Oh poor Octave, no luck at all, as usual," said Madame Rocher, "he is still with his regiment, still only a captain. Of course, if it hadn't been for this wretched war, he would be at least a colonel by now.”

Tags : France Humor Humour Literary Post World War Two
Author : Nancy Mitford
Source : The Blessing

131. “Pourtant, elle parlait un francais parfait, sans aucun accent et elle etait nee en France, Mais, comme elle etait mate de peau, qu'elle avait des grands yeux noirs, de longs cheveux noirs, les autres enfants l'ont vite traitee de "petite Tzigane".”

Tags : 2000 Bourg En Bresse France Roma
Author : Anina Ciuciu
Source : Mândră să fiu rromă

132. “Veni, vidi, vici. That was easy for Julius Caesar to say; he crossed Italy in a chariot, not on a stupid bike." - Vivia”

Tags : Chick Lit France Humor Italy Romance Travel
Source : Faking It

133. “...all the men in the photograph wear puttees. All the men in the picture are bound, trying to keep themselves together. That is how considerate they are, for the love of God and country and women and the other men--for the love of all that is good and true--they keep themselves together because they have to. They are afraid but they are not cowards.”

Tags : First World War France Great War Trenches War
Source : 13, rue Thérèse

134. “It was then I thought of Corsica, the place we had discovered together. I craved the wind, the sun and salt, the simplicity of the island.”

Tags : Corsica France Holiday Island Lost And Found Love Story Sea Summer Read Summer Reading Sun
Author : Lucy Foley
Source : The Book of Lost and Found

135. “Above all, let's hope we never take ourselves too seriously.”

Tags : France Resistance World War Ii
Author : Vercors
Source : La bataille du silence

136. “It was hard to live through the early 1940s in France and not have the war be the center from which the rest of your life spiraled.”

Tags : 1940S France War World War Ii
Author : Anthony Doerr
Source : All the Light We Cannot See

137. “Tous les chagrins sont méprisants, imprenables, perchés à des hauteurs que personne ne peux rejoindre. Peut-être a-t-on trop peur qu'une consolation efface ce qu'il reste des souvenirs.”

Tags : France Trip World
Source : Un prince sans royaume

138. “Elle voulait autre chose. Des mains qui se touchent sans rien donner.”

Tags : France Trip World
Source : Un prince sans royaume

139. “I’d love to be a tabletop in Paris, where food is art and life combined in one, where people gather and talk for hours. I want lovers to meet over me. I’d want to be covered in drops of candle wax and breadcrumbs and rings from the bottom of wineglasses. I would never be lonely, and I would always serve a good purpose.”

Tags : Europe France Paris Parisians Travel Travel Quotes Travel Writing Young Adult Young Adult Fiction Young Adult Romance Young Adult Series
Source : The Last Little Blue Envelope

140. “Second: them poor things well out o' this, and never no more will I interfere with Mrs. Cruncher's flopping, never no more!""Whatever housekeeping arrangement that may be," said Miss Pross, striving to dry her eyes and compose herself, "I have no doubt it is best that Mrs. Cruncher should have it entirely under her own superintendence.—O my poor darlings!""I go so far as to say, miss, moreover," proceeded Mr. Cruncher, with a most alarming tendency to hold forth as from a pulpit—"and let my words be took down and took to Mrs. Cruncher through yourself—that wot my opinions respectin' flopping has undergone a change, and that wot I only hope with all my heart as Mrs. Cruncher may be a flopping at the present time.""There, there, there! I hope she is, my dear man," cried the distracted Miss Pross, "and I hope she finds it answering her expectations.”

Tags : Classic France Humor Prayer Praying
Source : A Tale of Two Cities

141. “It has always struck me that one of the readiest ways of estimating a country's regard for law is to notice what arms the officers of the law are carrying: in England it is little batons, in France swords, in many countries revolvers, and in Russia the police used to have artillery.”

Tags : Arms England France Law Law Enforcement Police Russia Weapons
Author : Lord Dunsany
Source : The Curse Of The Wise Woman

142. “We are all very much alike in France in this respect; we still remain knights, knights of love and fortune, since God has been abolished whose bodyguard we really were. But nobody can ever get woman out of our hearts; there she is, and there she will remain, and we love her, and shall continue to love her, and go on committing all kinds of follies on her account as long as there is a France on the map of Europe; and even if France were to be wiped off the map, there would always be Frenchmen left.”

Tags : Beau Folly France Frenchman Knight Love Woman
Source : The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Part One

143. “En France, que de gens à longues oreilles : ânes en littérature, lièvres en politique !”

Tags : France Literature Politic
Author : Victor Hugo

144. “Don't wanna ever take your shoes off in coconut land. Never know when you're gonna have to run.”

Tags : Afghanistan Art Detective Food France Mystery Mystery Suspense Orphan Stories Foreign Culture Provence
Author : Dianne Harman
Source : Coyote in Provence

145. “She murmured, “I love the imagery of Sappho, the warm summer air across the velvety darkness, the lover between love’s thighs.” She stayed quiet a moment. “But it takes a man’s kiss to put the fire to the metaphor.”

Tags : 1920S France Left Bank Paris Versailles Peace
Author : Paul A. Myers
Source : A Farewell in Paris

146. “All in all, French armies wrought much suffering in Europe, but they also radically changed the lay of the land.In much of Europe, gone were feudal relations; the power ofthe guilds; the absolutist control of monarchs and princes;the grip of the clergy on economic, social, and politicalpower; and the foundation of ancien régime, which treateddifferent people unequally based on their birth status.These changes created the type of inclusive economicinstitutions that would then allow industrialization to takeroot in these places. By the middle of the nineteenthcentury, industrialization was rapidly under way in almost allthe places that the French controlled, whereas places suchas Austria-Hungary and Russia, which the French did notconquer, or Poland and Spain, where French hold wastemporary and limited, were still largely stagnant.”

Tags : France French Revolution Napoleonic Wars

147. “Only eight months had gone since Henry VIII of England had been suspended in death, there to lie like Mohammed’s coffin, hardly in the Church nor out of it, attended by his martyrs and the acidulous fivefold ghosts of his wives. King Francis of France, stranded by his neighbour’s death in the midst of a policy so advanced, so brilliant and so intricate that it should at last batter England to the ground, and be damned to the best legs in Europe—Francis, bereft of these sweet pleasures, dwindled and died likewise.”

Tags : England France Henry Viii History
Source : The Game of Kings

148. “New Rule: Conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes every time they hear the word "France." Like just calling something French is the ultimate argument winner. As if to say, "What can you say about a country that was too stupid to get on board with our wonderfully conceived and brilliantly executed war in Iraq?" And yet an American politician could not survive if he uttered the simple, true statement: "France has a better health-care system than we do, and we should steal it." Because here, simply dismissing an idea as French passes for an argument. John Kerry? Couldn't vote for him--he looked French. Yeah, as a opposed to the other guy, who just looked stupid.Last week, France had an election, and people over there approach an election differently. They vote. Eighty-five percent turned out. You couldn't get eighty-five percent of Americans to get off the couch if there was an election between tits and bigger tits and they were giving out free samples.Maybe the high turnout has something to do with the fact that the French candidates are never asked where they stand on evolution, prayer in school, abortion, stem cell research, or gay marriage. And if the candidate knows about a character in a book other than Jesus, it's not a drawback. The electorate doesn't vote for the guy they want to have a croissant with. Nor do they care about private lives. In the current race, Madame Royal has four kids, but she never got married. And she's a socialist. In America, if a Democrat even thinks you're calling him "liberal," he grabs an orange vest and a rifle and heads into the woods to kill something.Royal's opponent is married, but they live apart and lead separate lives. And the people are okay with that, for the same reason they're okay with nude beaches: because they're not a nation of six-year-olds who scream and giggle if they see pee-pee parts. They have weird ideas about privacy. They think it should be private. In France, even mistresses have mistresses. To not have a lady on the side says to the voters, "I'm no good at multitasking."Like any country, France has its faults, like all that ridiculous accordion music--but their health care is the best in the industrialized world, as is their poverty rate. And they're completely independent of Mid-East oil. And they're the greenest country. And they're not fat. They have public intellectuals in France. We have Dr. Phil. They invented sex during the day, lingerie, and the tongue. Can't we admit we could learn something from them?”

Tags : America Elections France Politics
Author : Bill Maher
Source : The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

149. “Seuls les poissons morts suivent le courant' - Only dead fish follow the current”

Tags : France Humour Travel Writing
Author : Mike Bodnar
Source : Against the Current: Au revoir to corporate life and bonjour to a life afloat in France!

150. “You'd think the sight of beautiful Place Vendôme would lift my spirits but oddly the arc of jewellery - so obviously beyond the means of a jobless person like me - only depresses me more. I plod on feeling confused, guilty even, that I should feel unhappy in a place that looks like paradise.”

Tags : Expatriot France Paris
Source : Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris

151. “As my body recalled my soul, I began to quiver with pain and gasp for air.”

Tags : France Historical Romance Fiction Mystery Suspense
Source : Garnet

152. “I wore only black socks, because I had heard that white ones were the classic sign of the American tourist. Black ones though,- those'll fool 'em. I supposed I hoped the European locals' conversation would go something like this:PIERRE: Ha! Look at that tourist with his camera and guidebook!JACQUES: Wait, but observe his socks! They!PIERRE: Zut alors! You are correct! He is one of us! What a fool I am! Let us go speak to him in English and invite him to lunch!”

Tags : Dialog Europe France Tourism Travel
Author : Doug Mack
Source : Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide

153. “I'll pretty much try any cheese, but I have found that I prefer young goats and old cows. I don't like gray areas.”

Tags : Europe Food France Humor Paris Philosophy Travel
Source : The Paris Journal: Book One

154. “Most of [her ashes] fell into the river in a long gray curtain. But some was caught by the wind and blown upward toward the blue spring sky where it swirled a moment in the air, before dissolving into sunlight.”

Tags : Christian Christian Fiction France Historical Fiction History Medieval History
Source : The Maid

155. “Hugh returned from his trip, and days later I still sounded like a Red Chinese asking questions about the democratic hinterlands. "And you actually saw people smoking in restuarants? Really! And offices, too? Oh, tell me again about the ashtrays in the hospital waiting room, and don't leave anything out.”

Tags : France Smoking
Author : David Sedaris
Source : Me Talk Pretty One Day

156. “She loves filming and taking photographs. I can imagine her making beautiful films in France or India or somewhere with a gorgeously colourful culture. She somehow reminds me of my favourite place in the world, she and Paris I can romanticize and immortalize in ceaseless poetry for the rest of my life.”

Tags : Art Beautiful Culture Film France Girl Paris Photography Poetry

157. “My wife and I had called on Miss Stein, and she and the friend who lived with her had been very cordial and friendly and we had loved the big studio with the great paintings. I t was like one of the best rooms in the finest museum except there was a big fireplace and it was warm and comfortable and they gave you good things to eat and tea and natural distilled liqueurs made from purple plums, yellow plums or wild raspberries.Miss Stein was very big but not tall and was heavily built like a peasant woman. She had beautiful eyes and a strong German-Jewish face that also could have been Friulano and she reminded me of a northern I talian peasant woman with her clothes, her mobile face and her lovely, thick, alive immigrant hair which she wore put up in the same way she had probably worn it in college. She talked all the time and at first it was about people and places.Her companion had a very pleasant voice, was small, very dark, with her hair cut like Joan of Arc in the Boutet de Monvel illustrations and had a very hooked nose. She was working on a piece of needlepoint when we first met them and she worked on this and saw to the food and drink and talked to my wife. She made one conversation and listened to two and often interrupted the one she was not making. Afterwards she explained to me that she always talked to the wives. The wives, my wife and I felt, were tolerated. But we liked Miss Stein and her friend, although the friend was frightening. The paintings and the cakes and the eau-de-vie were truly wonderful. They seemed to like us too and treated us as though we were very good, well-mannered and promising children and I felt that they forgave us for being in love and being married - time would fix that - and when my wife invited them to tea, they accepted.”

Tags : Ernest Hemingway France Gertrude Stein Paris
Source : A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

158. “On the morning after the daring theft of a priceless James Ensor painting from the Grand Palais in Paris, I was allowed to leave the Les Halles Police Station after only a few hours of questioning.”

Tags : First Lines France Francophiles Novels
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

159. “Eh oui, Léon comprenait, Léon approuvait ce que disait Louise tout simplement parce que c'était elle qui le disait. Il trouvait son rire beau parce que c'était son rire à elle, il aimait son regard qui le scrutait et l'encourageait parce que c'était ses yeux verts à elle qui le regardaient ainsi comme s'ils ne cessaient de lui demander : Dis-moi, c'est bien toi ? Hein, c'est vraiment toi ? Il était transporté par la mèche qui s'égarait sur le front de Louise parce que c'était sa mèche de cheveux à elle, et il ne pouvait s'empêcher de rire de sa pantomime,quand elle imitait le maire allumant sa cigarette, et il riait parce que c'était sa pantomime à elle.”

Tags : Couple France Love Love Quotes World War 2
Author : Alex Capus
Source : Léon und Louise

160. “I observed on most collected stones the imprints of innumerable plant fragments which were so different from those which are growing in the Lyonnais, in the nearby provinces, and even in the rest of France, that I felt like collecting plants in a new world... The number of these leaves, the way they separated easily, and the great variety of plants whose imprints I saw, appeared to me just as many volumes of botany representing in the same quarry the oldest library of the world.”

Tags : France Library Naturalism Naturalist Observation Plants Science

161. “Earlier maps had underestimated the distances to other continents and exaggerated the outlines of individual nations. Now global dimensions could be set, with authority, by the celestial spheres. Indeed, King Louis XIV of France, confronted with a revised map of his domain based on accurate longitude measurements, reportedly complained that he was losing more territory to his astronomers than to his enemies.”

Tags : Astronomy Cartology France Humorous King Louis Xiv Longitude
Author : Dava Sobel
Source : Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

162. “Hitler was the archetype of the abstemious man. When the other krauts saw him drink water in the Beer Hall they should have known he was not to be trusted.”

Tags : Cuisine France Hitler Paris
Author : A.J. Liebling

163. “The Cubist paintings in the Centre Pompidou in Paris were strange but amazing. The big fat magical cat said they made her eyes hurt.”

Tags : Art Childrens Literature France Travel
Author : Jim Shanahan
Source : My big fat magical cat goes to France

164. “The French political class has been relentlessly myopic, if not completely blind, about the concerns of those who work and mine and farm. .... To cite Eugene Weber, "One thing that we learn from history is that people seldom learn from history.”

Tags : France History Myopia Politics

165. “A breath of laughter will blow a Government out of existence in Paris much more effectually than a whiff of cannon-smoke”

Tags : France Government Paris
Author : Robert Barr
Source : The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds

166. “Léon prit conscience cet hiver-là que le droit s'était changé en injustice et que l'injustice était devenue la loi ; la racaille dominait et la loi était faite par des escrocs.”

Tags : France Guerre Paris War World War 2
Author : Alex Capus
Source : Léon und Louise

167. “I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there's a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.All along the Seine, street lamps come on, apartment windows turn golden."It's seven," Julien says, and I realize that he has been keeping time all along, waiting. He is so American. No sitting idle, forgetting oneself, not for this young man of mine.”

Tags : France Paris
Source : The Nightingale

168. “We are outside again, walking, when he takes a bite and stops dead. "Wow," he says after a minute. Then, "Wow," again.I smile. Everyone remembers their first taste of Paris. This will be his.”

Tags : France French Food Paris
Source : The Nightingale

169. “We believed Paris was the start of us. It's the kind of city that makes you think of beginnings, or even juicy middles. Paris is a book to savor, in whole or in part, at any time and in any season. At age ninety or at thirty-four, you can open any chapter and read from there.”

Tags : France Humor Love Paris Travel
Source : I'll See You in Paris

170. “There's nowhere that life feels more eternal, your dimwit youth more important, than Paris.”

Tags : France Paris Youth
Author : Charles Finch
Source : The Last Enchantments

171. “The French have a penchant for absolutism, for thinking that things are all one way or all another, which is why their politics are marked by a general inability to compromise and why they tend to hold their personal opinions until the bitter end, even after they have clearly lost an argument.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

172. “... she was a pudding of immaturity and precocious wisdom that had not yet set into a stable mold.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Quotes Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

173. “Paris n'est pas une ville, c'est un pays.”

Tags : France Paris
Author : Francois I

174. “He was a Parisian,’ he said. ‘You can never be sure what Parisians believe in – beyond Paris of course.”

Tags : France Humour Paris
Source : The Home Crowd Advantage

175. “It wasn’t playing both sides of the fence – it was betting against yourself but still playing to win – and it encapsulated everything absurd and paradoxical that I loved about the French.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

176. “When you’re used to being in dangerous situations, you develop a sixth sense about your surroundings, about where possible enemies might be lurking, how many steps it will take to reach the next corner on a dead run, the best hiding places if bullets start to fly...”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

177. “I congratulate you on your success stealing the painting.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

178. “Never run upstairs when someone’s chasing you. Don’t try to quick-draw a man who already has his gun out. Never light a match in the dark in a strange building. Half of staying safe is just keeping your head and being prudent.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

179. “In French culture, the best way of buying time or getting off the hook entirely in a thorny personal situation is to claim that it’s complicated. The French did not invent love, but they did invent romance, so they’ve had more time than any other culture on earth to refine the nuances of its language.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

180. “How can you be kissing at a time like this? Have you no respect for the dead?”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

181. “And I had just kissed my ex-girlfriend, who had cried, while my current girlfriend was in jail. So far, it had not been my best day.”

Tags : Art Heist Contemporary Fiction France Literature Paris
Author : Mark Zero
Source : The French Art of Revenge

182. “This is what you British do not understand about the French. You think you must work, work, work, work and open on Sundays and make mothers and fathers with families slave in supermarkets at three o'clock in the morning and make people leave their homes and their churches and their children and go shopping on Sundays.''Their shops are open on Sundays?' said Benoît in surprise.'Yes! They make people work on Sundays! And through lunchtimes! But for what? For rubbish from China? For cheap clothes sewed by poor women in Malaysia? For why? So you can go more often to KFC and get full of fried chicken? You would rather have six bars of bad chocolate than one bar of good chocolate. Why? Why are six bad things better than one good thing? I don't understand.”

Tags : Chocolate France Paris Quality Of Life
Author : Jenny Colgan
Source : The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

183. “He wanted to tell the baby that Paris was like a poem in stone.”

Tags : France Paris Poetry
Source : The Illusion of Separateness

184. “The blue-backed notebooks, the two pencils and the pencil sharpener (a pocket knife was too wasteful) the marble-topped tables, the smell of early morning, sweeping out and mopping, and luck were all you needed. For luck you carried a horse chestnut and a rabbit's foot in your right pocket. The fur had been worn off the rabbit's foot long ago and the bones and the sinews were polished by wear. The claws scratched in the lining of your pocket and you knew your luck was still there.”

Tags : France Hemingway Paris
Source : A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

185. “They stamped their own pattern of lovers onto the fabric of Paris.”

Tags : France Love Lovers Paris Passion Romance
Author : Emma Calin
Source : Knockout!

186. “France had recently switched to the metric system of measurement. This gave scientists a much-needed standardized system to measure and compare results, but it also required a whole new set of calculating tables.The sheer number of calculations was beyond what could be accomplished by all the mathematicians in France, so Riche established calculating 'factories' to manufacture logarithms the same way workers manufactured mercantile goods.Each factory employed between 60 and 80 human 'computers.' But they weren’t trained mathematicians; they were mostly out-of-work hairdressers who had found their skill at constructing elaborate pompadours for aristocrats much less in demand after so many former clients lost their heads at the height of the French Revolution. Riche had hit upon a rote system of compiling results based on a set of given values and formulas, and the workers just cranked out the answers in what must have been the world’s first mathematical assembly line. Babbage figured that if an army of untrained hairdressers could make the calculations, so could a computing 'engine.”

Tags : Analytical Engine Babbage Computer France Hairdressers Math

187. “When I ask French parents what they most want for their children, they say things like "to feel comfortable in their own skin" and "to find their path in the world." They want their kids to develop their own tastes and opinions. In fact, French parents worry if their kids are too docile. They want them to have character. But they believe that children can achieve these goals only if they respect boundaries and have self-control. So alongside character, there has to be cadre.”

Tags : Boundaries Character France Parenting
Source : Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

188. “For with all that is grand, grander is the expansion of the mind.”

Tags : France Historical Mystery Suspense Romance Victoiran
Source : Garnet

189. “They have a very low rate for attempted murder and a high rate for successfully concluded murder. It seems that when a French person sets out to kill someone, they make a good job of it.”

Tags : Attempted Murder Crime France French People Michael Syrett Murder Nick Yapp
Author : Nick Yapp
Source : The Xenophobe's Guide to the French

190. “The film festival measured a mile in length, from the Martinez to the Vieux Port, where sales executives tucked into their platters of fruits de mer, but was only fifty yards deep. For a fortnight the Croisette and its grand hotels willingly became a facade, the largest stage set in the world. Without realizing it, the crowds under the palm trees were extras recruited to play their traditional roles. As they cheered and hooted, they were far more confident than the film actors on display, who seemed ill at ease when they stepped from their limos, like celebrity criminals ferried to a mass trial by jury at the Palais, a full-scale cultural Nuremberg furnished with film clips of the atrocities they had helped to commit.”

Tags : Cannes Celebrity Film Festival France Riviera
Author : J.G. Ballard
Source : Super-Cannes

191. “New Year's Day: Eat lentils to bring riches.”

Tags : France Lentils New Years Day
Author : Sara Midda
Source : Sara Midda's South of France: A Sketchbook

192. “Par la même cause s’expliquent les succès de Mahomet. A la tête d’armées fanatiques, le chamelier de la Mecque se présente à l’Arabe ignorant et corrompu; puis, le sabre d’une main, la coupe des plaisirs de l’autre, lui dit: Crois ou meurs.Dans la foi qu’il demande pendant la vie, est l’autorisation de piller, de tuer, de réduire en esclavage tout ce qui n’est pas croyant; après la mort, le gage de tous les plaisirs sensuels dans un paradis de voluptés.On conçoit encore qu’en flattant les passions, le mahométisme a pu se faire d’innombrables partisans. Pour obtenir un pareil résultat, il ne faut être ni dieu, ni thaumaturge, ni saint, ni prophète.Il en est ainsi de toutes les prétendues religions qui ont paru dans le monde. Pas une seule qui n’ait dû son origine, ses progrès et sa durée à l’émancipation de l’une des trois concupiscences du cœur humain: l’orgueil, la cupidité, la volupté.Moins opposée est la lumière aux ténèbres, que le Christianisme à toutes ces fausses religions. Seul il ne pactise avec aucune faiblesse; seul il attaque de front tous les vices et tous les penchants corrompus; seul il prêche toutes les vertus et ordonne tous les genres de sacrifices”

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193. “He looked at the menu dreamily. 'God, it’s good to be eating in France again.''It’s good to be eating again,' said Brenda.'But it’s nice to resume the habit in France.''That’s true of so many habits.”

Tags : France Habits
Author : Jack Iams

194. “He mused on this village of his, which had sprung up in this place, amid the stones, like the gnarled undergrowth of the valley. All Artaud's inhabitants were inter-related, all bearing the same surname to such an extent that they used double-barrelled names from the cradle up, to distinguish one from another. At some antecedent date an ancestral Artaud had come like an outcast, to establish himself in this waste land. His family had grown with the savage vitality of the vegetation, drawing nourishment from this stone till it had become a tribe, then the tribe turned to a community, till they could not sort out their cousinage, going back for generations. They inter-married with unblushing promiscuity.”

Tags : Artaud France In Breeding Village
Author : Émile Zola
Source : La Faute de l'abbé Mouret

195. “There is an admirable fact about the psychology of France: she knows no half measures, loathsome or sublime, she forges the thought and the beauty of a world or of a dung heap; her destiny is never to be mediocre.”

Tags : France Mediocrity

196. “Ne pleure jamais pour quelqu'un qui ne mérite pas t'es larmes rappelle toi la vie est jolie tout comme toi.”

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197. “I hope that in the final settlement of the war, you insist that the Germans retain Lorraine, because I can imagine no greater burden than to be the owner of this nasty country where it rains every day.”

Tags : France Humor Wwii

198. “The walking tour guides one through the city's various landmarks, reciting bits of information the listener might find enlightening. I learned, for example, that in the late 1500s my little neighborhood square was a popular spot for burning people alive. Now lined with a row of small shops, the tradition continues, though in a figurative rather than literal sense.”

Tags : Capitalism David Sedaris France Funny Quotes Humor Satire
Author : David Sedaris
Source : Me Talk Pretty One Day