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Jean Anouilh

1910-1987 ,  French playwright
Jean AnouilhFrench playwright who became one of the strongest personalities of the French theatre and achieved an international reputation. His career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles’ classical drama, that was seen as an attack on Pétain's Vichy government.

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I like reality. It tastes like bread.

The object of art is to give life shape.

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.

There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.

An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.

With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

I don't want people to love me. It makes for obligations.

God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.

All children are sweet at five. But at twelve they begin to get silly.

Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.


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