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Jules Renard

1864-1910 ,  French writer
Jules RenardFrench writer best known for Poil de carotte (1894), a bitterly ironical account of his own childhood, in which a grim humour conceals acute sensibility.

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I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.

I am never bored; to be bored is an insult to one's self.

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

To say: “I'm not concerned about politics,” it is like saying: “I'm not concerned about life”.

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Prudence is a euphemism for fear.

Faith in work is probably another useless faith.

True happiness is to reminisce the present.

The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.

If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.

As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.

Wrinkles are engraved smiles.

There are no friends; only moments of friendship.

Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it.

Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.

Don't tell a woman she's pretty; tell her there's no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you.

Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.

God does not believe in our God.

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.

Talent is a matter of quantity. Talent does not write one page, it writes three hundred.

Only in this world do we laugh: in hell, it won't be possible; and in heaven, it won't be proper.

The bourgeois are the others.

To succeed you must add water to your wine, until there is no more wine.

Style is to forget all styles.

The most foolish exaggeration is tears. It's annoying as a dripping tap.

The farmer may be the only kind of man who does not like the countryside and never admires nature.

To be able to make a conversation, you must know many useless things.

You should tell the truth from time to time, in order to believe you when you lie.

Funny Quotes

I always have the last word in my house and that word is usually “yes.”

If money does not make you happy, give it to me.


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