Quotes and Sayings about France



"I am just like 99% of my friends in France, who say on their resume they can speak fluent English. In reality, they can't even count up to three."
- Greg Akcelrod
(Related: English, France, Friends, Reality)

"I am very proud to be a part of the Livestrong Foundation. I am maybe only a member but I give everything I can to be sure that people understand that cancer is a disease for everybody - not only in France, in Europe, in Asia, it is all over the world. We must fight together, we must make something to fight the cancer, we must Livestrong."
- Greg Akcelrod
(Related: People, Cancer, Disease, Europe, Fight, France, World)

"When I go back to France now I spend all the my time with press and sponsors. I do not have a lot of time to spend at home with my family."
- Jean Alesi
(Related: Family, Home, Time, France, Now, Press)

"If George W. Bush is elected president, I'm leaving for France."
- Robert Altman
(Related: France, President)

"Well, I grew up between Holland and Israel and then moved to France when I was eleven."
- Keren Ann
(Related: France, Israel)

"Today's cinema is a global art form, it is impossible to make movies for a market the size of France, representing no more than 4% of the world's total."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Art, Movies, Cinema, France, Today, World)

"Too often, older women are seen as victims, but I know lots of formidable women who have marvellous jobs as well as a full erotic life, and children and friends and family."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Family, Women, Life, Children, Friends, Jobs, Victims)

"The minute anyone's getting anxious I say, You must eat and you must sleep. They're the two vital elements for a healthy life."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Life, Sleep)

"The thing about doing anything artificial to your hair is that you have to look after it. So you're always vulnerable to the weather and time."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Time, Hair, Weather)

"There is not enough celebration of companionship. Relationships aren't just about eroticism and sexuality."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Companionship, Relationships, Sexuality)

"When I was starting out, young actresses had the studio system to protect them. Now you have a host of sharks, from your agent to your publicist to your lawyer."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Now)

"You can love more than one person in your life, but things will be different. There'll be a different dynamic. Needs and desires change."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Change, Love, Life, Needs, Will)

"You have to be careful not to let your fear stop you doing things. It's very exciting to test yourself."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Fear)

"The wonderful thing about acting is you move along with your decade. The older you get, the more interesting the parts you get to play and you bring more of your personal experience to the part."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Experience, Acting, Play)

"I'm often asked if I regret not going to Hollywood. I'm glad I didn't go, because if I had I wouldn't have my extended family, which is the fabric of my life. Only recently have I realised how special and unusual it is."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Family, Life, Hollywood, Regret)

"The first thing you have to do is accept that decay sets in and there's nothing you can do about it."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: First, Nothing)

"I have yet to see a drama that puts forward women who are successful and have a family. Women are nearly always seen as victims."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Women, Family, Successful, Drama, Victims)

"I maintain the rather old-fashioned view that this is my work and it's in the public arena, but that doesn't entitle everyone to know what happened at home before coming here."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Home, Work, Old, Public)

"I think people have surgery for psychological reasons more than because of their looks."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: People)

"I used to suffer from excessive pride. Well, I got over that one."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Pride)

"I was asked to be in Vogue but I said no. I didn't want to advertise make-up. I didn't want to be seen as a sex symbol."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Sex, Symbol, Want)

"I'll dance to anything: Bob Marley or rap."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Dance, Rap)

"I'm an actress, not a pin-up."
- Francesca Annis
"I have made a public statement about me and Ralph by being seen with him. I don't need to make any other. You can live the way you want."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Being, Public, Want)

"I'm one of the great unemployed looking for the next job. I'm waiting for the right offer. Like anyone, I want something that turns me on inside."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Job, Right, Waiting, Want)

"I'm trying to learn to smoke, which is rather weird when everyone is trying to stop. I'm not a smoker. But my character only smokes as an affectation."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Character, Affectation, Trying)

"I've never been married and I've no more desire to be married now than I ever have. I hate bureaucracy and I am not religious."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Bureaucracy, Desire, Hate, Now, Religious)

"If people think I look good, it's the make-up."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: People)

"Judi Dench and Ian McKellen taught me how to work hard and respect the theatre."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Work, Respect, Theatre)

"Roman's wife Sharon Tate had been murdered by Charles Manson the year before, but Roman had been through so much leaving the Warsaw ghetto that he was very strong and private."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Wife)

"Some actors get fired up by the sound of the audience. I just want to retreat."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Actors, Sound, Want)

"I go on giving interviews because I've been brought up to support the projects I'm involved in. When you've enjoyed working on a production, you want to do them a favour."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Giving, Production, Projects, Support, Want)

"Thank God we're not like America: everyone wants to look like they're 20. In Europe we admire grown-up women. I think men revere older women."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Men, Women, God, Europe)

"I do think it's important to live in the present because in that way you won't be living in a state of regret."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Living, Present, Regret, State)

"Sometimes sushi is just superb, and other times there's nothing like a great big steak. It depends where your taste buds are at the time."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Time, Nothing, Taste)

"However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship. We all need them."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Successful)

"I don't buy the tabloids, but you're surrounded by it all and people tell you things they've read. I'd be sitting on a train looking over someone's shoulder and thinking: That's familiar... oh my God, it's me."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: God, People)

"I don't need a piece of paper to suggest that I can commit myself."
- Francesca Annis
"As you grow older, your whole life becomes very rich, multifaceted."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Life)

"Having children with someone is the real bond."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Children)

"I am not a fanatic about anything. I do what I can do when I've got the time."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Time)

"I am not going to share my private life with millions of people. I don't find a need to do that and nobody else close to me does either."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Life, People)

"I am pretty self-indulgent."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Pretty, Self)

"I don't believe in expending energy on something you can't do anything about. If there was some easy way of fixing things, I'd probably do it."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Energy)

"I consulted a Chinese herbalist and spent two weeks on an island off the coast of Zanzibar. I was away from any kind of contemporary technology."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Technology)

"I couldn't imagine playing someone young now; it would be so boring."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Now)

"I didn't choose to be an actress."
- Francesca Annis
"I do find acting cathartic."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Acting)

"I can feel the 60S looming. In my profession, I've just moved along with my age. By thinking in decades, rather than whether someone's 42 or 47, you can give yourself a whole 10 years to turn yourself around in."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Age, Profession, Thinking, Years)

"Everything has changed. An interview has become such a confrontational thing. It makes you very defensive."
- Francesca Annis
"King of England, and you, duke of Bedford, who call yourself regent of the kingdom of France... settle your debt to the king of Heaven; return to the Maiden, who is envoy of the king of Heaven, the keys to all the good towns you took and violated in France."
- Joan of Arc
(Related: Debt, EnglFrance, Heaven)

"Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there."
- Joan of Arc
(Related: Love, God, English, France, Hatred, Nothing, Will)

"At the beginning of the twentieth century, every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west, and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Love, Muslim, Beginning, Countries, France, Leading)

"France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: France)

"On landing at New York I caught the yellow fever. The kind man who commanded the ship that brought me from France took charge of me and placed me under the care of two Quaker ladies. To their skillful and untiring care I may safely say I owe my life."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Life, Care, France, Ladies, Man, May)

"Pam has always been my glamorous big sister - 13 years older than I. She played on the women's circuit for nine years and came home to tell me stories of France, Japan."
- Tracy Austin
(Related: Home, Sister, Women, France, Years)

"The role of Italy and of Austria has diminished as has that of France and Britain; Germany and Japan have suffered catastrophically."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: France, Germany, Italy)

"France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Poetry, Fact, France, Horror, Will, Writers)

"The liberation movement which I led in Algeria, the organization that I created to fight the French army, was at first a small movement of nothing at all. We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria, a territory that is five times the size of France."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Related: People, Army, Fight, First, France, Nothing)

"Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries - like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Related: Idea, Belgium, Countries, Europe, France, Italy)

"France, mother of arts, of warfare, and of laws."
- Joachim du Bellay
(Related: Mother, France, Laws)

"To be a gourmet you must start early, as you must begin riding early to be a good horseman. You must live in France, your father must have been a gourmet. Nothing in life must interest you but your stomach."
- Ludwig Bemelmans
(Related: Life, Father, France, Interest, Nothing)

"In Holland and Spain and France, where so many of us come from, people aren't interested in the sex lives of their players. We don't hear these stories - even in Italy where the media is right on top of football."
- Dennis Bergkamp
(Related: Sex, People, Football, France, Italy, Media, Right, Spain)

"Although all new ideas are born in France, they are not readily adopted there. It seems that they must first commence to prosper in a foreign country."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Ideas, Country, First, France)

"When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe."
- Mary Frances Berry
(Related: Abuse, Confidence, Job, Law, Police, Public)

"Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities."
- Mary Frances Berry
(Related: Civil rights, Open, Will, Windows)

"If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in the bus in Montgomery, she'd still be standing."
- Mary Frances Berry
"The adoring crowds and overwhelming Democratic support in the 2008 election was based largely on joy at jettisoning Bush and the appeal of electing a superbly qualified charismatic African American leader."
- Mary Frances Berry
(Related: Leader, African, American, Crowds, Joy, Support)

"The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done."
- Mary Frances Berry
(Related: Time, People, Saying)

"When it comes to the cause of justice, I take no prisoners and I don't believe in compromise."
- Mary Frances Berry
(Related: Cause, Compromise, Justice)

"Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?"
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Survival, Countries, France, Ireland, Nation, Pride, Shame, Support)

"When Ronald Reagan was elected I was on a bus traveling with a band in France. I wrote a little arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner in a minor key."
- Carla Bley
(Related: France, Key, Traveling)

"I was signed when I was 19 years old, in 1980. I went to Germany and France. Seeing the world at that time was just an awesome experience for a teenager."
- Kurtis Blow
(Related: Experience, Time, France, Germany, Old, World, Years)

"We were saving, saving, saving then going to France and blowing the money eating. She was a nurse and had never experienced fine dining but she loved it, too. Our mates thought it absurd."
- Heston Blumenthal
(Related: Money, Thought, Eating, France)

"In France, that let down the barriers more than a hundred years ago, the feeling of antipathy is still strong enough to sustain an anti-Jewish political party."
- Franz Boas
(Related: Feeling, France, Party, Years)

"France has more need of me than I have need of France."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: France)

"I have been wounded like this since about half past eight this morning and I will tell you how it happened."
- Francesco Borromini
(Related: Past, Will)

"I always knew I would live in France."
- Andre Boucourechliev
(Related: France)

"In France, for instance, one magazine writer was convinced that On The Road had been a huge influence on Lost Souls and was crushed to learn that I hadn't read the one until after I'd written the other."
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Related: France, Influence, Road, Writer)

"Being identified as a poet in France or Denmark or India one is greeted with gracious respect."
- James Broughton
(Related: Being, Denmark, France, Respect)

"Now, I had been drawing all this time - especially in France of course - so, when I came back, my father gave me the chance to do a cover for one of the books he published."
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Time, Father, Books, Chance, France, Now)

"Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time."
- Gavin Bryars
(Related: Time, American, Composers, France, Pretty)

"France turned a deaf ear to the demands, but Ho had succeeded in attracting great publicity in progressive French circles to the situation in Indochina."
- Wilfred Burchett
(Related: France, Publicity)

"As in all his subsequent dealings with France, Ho Chi Minh's demands were a model of modesty."
- Wilfred Burchett
(Related: France, Modesty)

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden."
- Frances Hodgson Burnett
(Related: Garden, Writing)

"There is something in age that ever, even in its own despite, must be venerable, must create respect and to have it ill treated, is to me worse, more cruel and wicked than anything on earth."
- Frances Burney
(Related: Age, Earth, Respect)

"To whom, then, must I dedicate my wonderful, surprising and interesting adventures? to whom dare I reveal my private opinion of my nearest relations? the secret thoughts of my dearest friends? my own hopes, fears, reflections and dislikes? Nobody!"
- Frances Burney
(Related: Thoughts, Friends, Opinion)

"The mind is but too naturally prone to pleasure, but too easily yielded to dissipation."
- Frances Burney
(Related: Mind, Pleasure)

"People who live together naturally catch the looks and air of one another and without having one feature alike, they contract a something in the whole countenance which strikes one as a resemblance."
- Frances Burney
(Related: People)

"Insensibility, of all kinds, and on all occasions, most moves my imperial displeasure."
- Frances Burney
"I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling."
- Frances Burney
(Related: History, Truth, Possibility, Appearance)

"A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment."
- Frances Burney
(Related: Ambition, Contentment, Enjoyment, Expectation, First, Mind)

"We continually say things to support an opinion, which we have given, that in reality we don't above half mean."
- Frances Burney
(Related: Opinion, Reality, Support)

"France is the only place where you can make love in the afternoon without people hammering on your door."
- Barbara Cartland
(Related: Love, People, France)

"When France resolved, along with England, to lend assistance in the legitimate defense of Poland, the realization burst on us that a conflict of awesome proportions was inevitable."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Conflict, Defense, EnglFrance)

"If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Government, France, Nothing)

"In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport."
- Julia Child
(Related: Art, Cooking, France)

"France will insist on the need for updated and responsive institutions."
- Jacques Chirac
(Related: France, Will)

"You know, I left the country when Reagan got in; I went to France. And when George Bush Jr. got in, my instincts told me it was time to go - I'd felt that we had grown above that, you know?"
- Tommy Chong
(Related: Time, Country, France)

"I like health-conscious cooking, but growing up in the South, I do love southern cooking; southern France, southern Italy, southern Spain. I love southern cooking."
- Clarence Clemons
(Related: Love, Health, Cooking, France, Growing up, Italy, Spain)

"We are coming back just four years from today."
- Frances Cleveland
(Related: Today, Years)

"The government itself is running exactly like the Sopranos and they sit back and they make deals. And they say okay, 'I'm going do this: France, you're getting the pipelines.'"
- George Clooney
(Related: Government, Deals, France, Running)

"My look is a Modern Bohemian type thing."
- Frances Bean Cobain
"I don't like to look sloppy. I'm a girly-girl."
- Frances Bean Cobain
"I'm a different person. I don't want to be titled as Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter. I want to be thought of as Frances Cobain."
- Frances Bean Cobain
(Related: Love, Daughter, Thought, Want)

"I have 137 pairs of shoes and 200 pairs of jeans."
- Frances Bean Cobain
"Ours is the old, old story of every uprising race or class or order. The work of elevation must be wrought by ourselves or not at all."
- Frances Power Cobbe
(Related: Work, Class, Old, Order, Race)

"The biggest markets for my books outside the UK are France and Italy, and those are the two countries where I also have the closest personal relationships with my translators - I don't know whether that's a coincidence, or if there's something to be learned from it."
- Jonathan Coe
(Related: Books, Countries, France, Italy, Relationships)

"If you choose to be Frankenstein with Botox and plastic surgery, you've bought your own private mask."
- Frances Conroy
"Some people ask me, Do they put aging makeup on you? It's just this very nice street makeup."
- Frances Conroy
(Related: People, Makeup)

"Marriage is an exercise in torture."
- Frances Conroy
(Related: Marriage, Exercise)

"It's like real life: We don't get a preview of what's coming up, thank God, and we don't build our own character from what we're going to be informed with in the future."
- Frances Conroy
(Related: God, Character, Future)

"As you age naturally, your family shows more and more on your face. If you deny that, you deny your heritage."
- Frances Conroy
(Related: Age, Family)

"I can't form a total picture of things. Because I'm not her."
- Frances Conroy
"Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies."
- Frances Cornford
(Related: Art, Enemies, Friends, Lying, Propaganda)

"France is the only nation in which astoundingly small numbers of civilized patrons reside."
- Gustave Courbet
(Related: France, Nation, Numbers)

"There will always be nations. The United States will last a long, long time, I believe. France and Germany and Japan, China, other nations, they're going to exist. But they're losing their significance and ability to deal with certain matters."
- Alan Cranston
(Related: Time, Ability, France, Germany, Losing, Nations, states, United, Will)

"The monarchy unites us; the republic would divide us."
- Francesco Crispi
"One of the greatest joys in my life was giving a lecture in French at the College de France."
- James Cronin
(Related: Life, College, France, Giving)

"I cannot resign myself to the decline of Europe, and of France."
- Jacques Delors
(Related: Europe, France)

"France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster."
- Johnny Depp
(Related: History, People, America, American, Culture, Disaster, Europe, France)

"The quality of life is so different in France. There is the possibility of living a simple life. I would never contemplate raising my daughter in LA. I would never raise any child there."
- Johnny Depp
(Related: Life, Quality, Daughter, Possibility, France, Living)

"I liked Berkeley tremendously, Berkeley was a very leftist campus. I came to love that city as much as I love Paris or the south of France or New York."
- Whitfield Diffie
(Related: Love, France, Paris)

"On my return to Cornwall I discovered that I was living in a tropical paradise. For now I am content to explore my own home and our nearest neighbour France."
- John Dyer
(Related: Home, Content, France, Paradise, Living, Now)

"Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: France, Reading, Sense, Writing)

"The single currency should allow the European Union, and therefore France, to balance its monetary strength with the United States. It should help us adjust to the development of China."
- Laurent Fabius
(Related: Development, Strength, Balance, France, Help, states, United)

"France on its own cannot impose its point of view. But neither should it give up on its demands. With a clear vote for change France will be in a strong position."
- Laurent Fabius
(Related: Change, France, Vote, Will)

"That satisfied me until I began to figure that if God loved all his children equally, why did he bother about my red hat and let other people lose their fathers and mothers for always?"
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, People, Children, Fathers, Mothers)

"I couldn't get that same feeling during the day, with my hands in dirty dish water and the hard sun showing up the dirtiness on the roof tops. And after a time, even at night, the feeling of God didn't last."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, Time, Day, Feeling, Night, Sun, Water)

"I didn't think then, and I still don't, that I was actually sick."
- Frances Farmer
"I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: Love, God, Friend, Gifts)

"There comes a point when a dream becomes reality and reality becomes a dream."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: Dream, Reality)

"But I was sure of one thing. If God were a father, with children, that cleanliness I had been feeling wasn't God."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, Father, Children, Cleanliness, Feeling)

"The more people pointed at me in scorn the more stubborn I got and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West Seattle High, I tried to live up to it."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: People)

"I just knew that God wasn't there. He was a man on a throne in Heaven, so he was easy to forget."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, Forget, Heaven, Man)

"It puzzled me that other people hadn't found out, too. God was gone. We were younger. We had reached past him. Why couldn't they see it? It still puzzles me."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, People, Past)

"If a person is treated like a patient, they are apt to act like one."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: Act)

"I wondered a little why God was such a useless thing. It seemed a waste of time to have him. After that he became less and less, until he was... nothingness."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: Time, God, Nothingness, Waste)

"I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn't believe them."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: Christ, Christmas, School)

"I used to lie between cool, clean sheets at night after I'd had a bath, after I had washed my hair and scrubbed my knuckles and finger-nails and teeth. Then I could lie quite still in the dark with my face to the window with the trees in it, and talk to God."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, Lie, Hair, Night, Talk, Trees)

"I think God just died of old age. And, when I realized that he wasn't any more, it didn't shock me. It seemed natural and right!"
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, Age, Old)

"The Sunday School teacher talked too much in the way our grade school teacher used to when she told us about George Washington. Pleasant, pretty stories, but not true."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: Pretty, School, Washington)

"Jessica Lange in Frances... was dramatic and passionate and one of the strongest performances I've seen a woman do."
- Sherilyn Fenn
(Related: Woman)

"I'd love to follow the Tour de France one day. It's a really exciting spectacle. I've only seen it once as it was coming into Paris and that was very exciting for me. I have memories of that."
- Bryan Ferry
(Related: Love, Day, France, Memories, Paris)

"Foucault was the one person I met in France that I could talk to. He was a mensch. You know whether you agree with him or not because you know what he is saying."
- Leslie Fiedler
(Related: France, Saying, Talk)

"American high school students trail teenagers from 14 European and Asian countries in reading, math and science. We're even trailing France."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Science, American, Countries, France, Reading, School, Students, Teenagers)

"One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Happiness, Life, Women, Love, France, Sun, Trees)

"So, thanks God, our films, our first films were suddenly being appreciated by the Western media; especially France was very good, and Switzerland was very good."
- Milos Forman
(Related: God, Being, First, France, Media)

"You know what happened, you know, in 1938: France, England, you know, just sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler."
- Milos Forman
(Related: EnglFrance)

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
- Anatole France
(Related: Art, Purpose, Curiosity, Teaching)

"Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin."
- Anatole France
(Related: Love, Religion, Service, Sin)

"Silence is the wit of fools."
- Anatole France
(Related: Fools, Silence, Wit)

"Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Courage, Pity, Value)

"What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!"
- Anatole France
(Related: Art, Chance, Earth, Heaven, Skill)

"That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future."
- Anatole France
(Related: Events, Future, Man)

"You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving."
- Anatole France
(Related: Love, Work, Running, Study)

"The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Man, Will)

"The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads."
- Anatole France
(Related: Books)

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool."
- Anatole France
(Related: Fool, Man)

"The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces."
- Anatole France
(Related: Soul)

"The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity."
- Anatole France
(Related: Virtue, Curiosity, Man)

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
- Anatole France
(Related: Equality, Law, Poor, Sleep)

"The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Truth)

"Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness."
- Anatole France
(Related: Happiness, Love, Lovers)

"There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant."
- Anatole France
(Related: People, Bargain)

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
- Anatole France
(Related: Dream, Act)

"To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all."
- Anatole France
(Related: Nothing)

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France
(Related: Soul)

"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe."
- Anatole France
(Related: Harmony, Man, Universe)

"War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war."
- Anatole France
(Related: Men, War, Persecution, Violence, Will)

"We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Want, Will)

"We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best."
- Anatole France
(Related: People, Talking)

"What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation."
- Anatole France
(Related: Conversation)

"When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it."
- Anatole France
"Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Boredom, Despair, Humanity, Lies)

"Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear."
- Anatole France
(Related: Men, Women, Clothes)

"The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
- Anatole France
(Related: Equality, Law, Poor, Sleep)

"Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign."
- Anatole France
(Related: God, Chance, Want)

"A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance."
- Anatole France
(Related: Ignorance)

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Melancholy)

"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't."
- Anatole France
(Related: Education, Being, Memory)

"Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me."
- Anatole France
(Related: Books)

"An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind."
- Anatole France
(Related: Education, Mind, Will)

"One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me."
- Anatole France
(Related: Men, Thoughts, Charm, Mind)

"Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one."
- Anatole France
(Related: Acceptance, Neurosis, Risk)

"Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream."
- Anatole France
(Related: Dream, Existence)

"History books that contain no lies are extremely dull."
- Anatole France
(Related: History, Books, Lies)

"I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Wisdom, Enthusiasm, Folly, Indifference)

"I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Fate, Gifts, Poor, Poverty, Value)

"If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
- Anatole France
(Related: People)

"If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."
- Anatole France
"Nine tenths of education is encouragement."
- Anatole France
(Related: Education, Encouragement)

"In art as in love, instinct is enough."
- Anatole France
(Related: Art, Love, Instinct)

"Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue."
- Anatole France
(Related: Virtue, Fortune, Innocence)

"Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."
- Anatole France
(Related: Wisdom, Irony, Joy, Reflection)

"It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot."
- Anatole France
"It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion."
- Anatole France
(Related: Nature, Act, Fashion, Human nature)

"It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit."
- Anatole France
(Related: Virtue, Credit, Poor)

"It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be."
- Anatole France
(Related: Heart, Mind)

"Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil."
- Anatole France
(Related: Nature, Evil, Principles)

"Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest."
- Anatole France
(Related: Chastity)

"No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign."
- Anatole France
(Related: Government, God, Chance, Press, Want, Will)

"Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal."
- Anatole France
(Related: Man)

"Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water."
- Anatole France
(Related: Life, Error, Ignorance, Water)

"But sweetly and discreetly love passes from person to person, from heart to heart, or it is nothing worth."
- Marie de France
(Related: Love, Heart, Nothing, Worth)

"Be sure that you speak with unfeigned lips."
- Marie de France
"Great were the lamentation and the cry when the news of this mischance was noised about the city. Such a tumult of mourning was never before heard, for the whole city was moved."
- Marie de France
(Related: Mourning, News)

"For what the lover would, that would the beloved; what she would ask of him that should he go before to grant. Without accord such as this, love is but a bond and a constraint."
- Marie de France
(Related: Love)

"Fairest and dearest, your wrath and anger are more heavy than I can bear; but learn that I cannot tell what you wish me to say without sinning against my honour too grievously."
- Marie de France
(Related: Anger, Wrath)

"The dead and past stories that I have told again in divers fashions, are not set down without authority."
- Marie de France
(Related: Authority, Past)

"For above all things Love means sweetness, and truth, and measure; yea, loyalty to the loved one and to your word. And because of this I dare not meddle with so high a matter."
- Marie de France
(Related: Love, Truth, Loyalty, Measure, Sweetness, Word)

"Whosoever counts these Lays as fable, may be assured that I am not of his mind."
- Marie de France
(Related: May, Mind)

"He who would tell divers tales must know how to vary the tune."
- Marie de France
"The fool shouts loudly, thinking to impress the world."
- Marie de France
(Related: Fool, Thinking, World)

"Out of five hundred who speak glibly of love, not one can spell the first letter of his name."
- Marie de France
(Related: Love, First, Name)

"Now will I rehearse before you a very ancient Breton Lay. As the tale was told to me, so, in turn, will I tell it over again, to the best of my art and knowledge. Hearken now to my story, its why and its reason."
- Marie de France
(Related: Art, Knowledge, Reason, Will)

"If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!"
- Marie de France
(Related: Friendship, Love, Lovers, May)

"I love no woman, for love is a serious business, not a jest."
- Marie de France
(Related: Love, Business, Jest, Woman)

"There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear, that at the end folk come to put faith in them."
- Marie de France
(Related: Faith, Men, Discretion, End, Folk, Loyalty)

"The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!"
- Antonia Fraser
(Related: Family, Books, Childhood)

"I remember playing football dressed in peculiar costumes with some friends in France and laughing so hard we couldn't even stand up, let alone kick the ball."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Football, France, Friends)

"My son loves the Hotel du Cap, in the south of France."
- Diane von Furstenberg
(Related: Son, France)

"In France, you're with the crew, and you have lunch with them. It's more like a family."
- Charlotte Gainsbourg
(Related: Family, France)

"I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere."
- Adolf Galland
(Related: France, Russia)

"In France, a woman may forget that she is neither young nor handsome; for the absence of these claims to attention does not expose her to be neglected by the male sex."
- Marguerite Gardiner
(Related: Sex, Absence, Attention, Forget, France, May, Woman)

"Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Time, Habit, Caution, Country, France, Old)

"When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: France, Want)

"As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Life, Day, France, Interest, Service, Trials)

"France cannot be France without greatness."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Greatness, France)

"France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: War, Battle, France)

"I was France."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: France)

"I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: France, Television, Trouble)

"I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Being, Errors, France, Will)

"I have no intention of going back to France, except for yearly visits to meet my family."
- Francois Gautier
(Related: Family, France, Intention)

"Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it's empirically so."
- Bob Geldof
(Related: American, France, Ideology, President, Today)

"It is alleged that half a million Spanish men, women and children fled to France after the Franco victory."
- Martha Gellhorn
(Related: Women, Victory, Children, France)

"There were ten concentration camps in France from 1939 on."
- Martha Gellhorn
(Related: France)

"It was a mistake. I was wrong, but I discovered this many years later. I was acting on the basis of this mandate given me by the most important leaders of the world: President Bush's father, prime minister of France, President Mitterand, the Chinese, everybody."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: Father, Mistake, Acting, France, Leaders, President, Wrong, Years)

"A friend in the War Office warned me that I was in Kitchener's black books, and that orders had been given for my arrest next time I appeared in France."
- Philip Gibbs
(Related: Time, War, Friend, Books, France, Office)

"But do you know, I shall not be sorry to die. I shall be glad, Monsieur. And why glad, you ask? Because I love France and hate the Germans who have put this war on us."
- Philip Gibbs
(Related: Love, War, France, Hate)

"I am going to fight - I, a socialist and Syndicalist - so that we shall make an end to war, so that the little ones of France will sleep in peace, and the women go without fear."
- Philip Gibbs
(Related: Women, Peace, War, Fear, End, Fight, France, Sleep, Will)

"I have recently started acting lessons in south France, and I intend to commence acting lessons at Rada."
- David Ginola
(Related: Acting, France)

"I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Life, Earth, Energy, France, Running, World)

"Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings."
- Frances Goodrich
(Related: Time)

"And it is practically the same in the case of the four or five million poor peasants in France, and also for Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and two of the Scandinavian countries. Everywhere small and medium sized industry prevails."
- Herman Gorter
(Related: Belgium, Countries, France, Poor)

"France generates a significant part of its energy requirements from fission reactors and these have achieved a perfect safety record. We build ours all differently."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Energy, France, Safety)

"Altogether apart from that, it would be a disgrace to us to make this bargain with Germany at the expense of France, a disgrace from which the good name of this country would never recover."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Bargain, Country, Disgrace, France, Germany, Name)

"From the material point of view the proposal is unacceptable, for France, without further territory in Europe being taken from her, could be so crushed as to lose her position as a Great Power, and become subordinate to German policy."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Power, Policy, Being, Europe, France)

"I knew it to be very doubtful whether the Cabinet, Parliament, and the country would take this view on the outbreak of war, and through the whole of this week I had in view the probable contingency that we should not decide at the critical moment to support France."
- Edward Grey
(Related: War, Country, France, Parliament, Support)

"Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed."
- Francesco Guicciardini
(Related: Succeed)

"One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it."
- Francesco Guicciardini
"Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them."
- Francesco Guicciardini
(Related: Chance, Friends, Nothing, Worth)

"The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident."
- Francesco Guicciardini
(Related: Actions)

"Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge."
- Francesco Guicciardini
(Related: Change, Time, Causes, Complaints, Faces, Waste)

"Ours is a country built more on people than on territory. The Jews will come from everywhere: from France, from Russia, from America, from Yemen... Their faith is their passport."
- David Ben Gurion
(Related: Faith, People, America, Country, France, Russia, Will)

"The phenomenon of university creative writing programs doesn't exist in France. The whole idea is regarded as a novelty, or an oddity."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Idea, France, Novelty, University, Writing)

"The youth of France do not want a new neo-liberal contract."
- Peter Hall
(Related: France, Want, Youth)

"Potentially he could be. He scored the goal four years ago in France against Argentina that was extraordinary."
- Alan Hansen
(Related: Goal, France, Years)

"If I write in my name to the agents of England and France residing in Asia and inform them that Japan is ready to make a commercial treaty with their countries, the number of steamers will be reduced from fifty to two or three."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Countries, EnglFrance, Name, Will)

"If Japan had been near to either England or France, war would have broken out long ago."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: War, EnglFrance)

"I like Ireland because it means I'm near France."
- Harry Harrison
(Related: France, Ireland)

"There is a neurologist, a woman over at Harvard who wanted me to come talk to them, and in France I have a lot of readers in the sciences. I can't tell you why."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: France, Talk, Woman)

"I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: People, Act, Books, France, Years)

"England and France were rivals, not only on the continent, but in the West Indies, in India, and in Europe."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: EnglEurope, France)

"The first condition of success for the League of Nations is, therefore, a firm understanding between the British Empire and the United States of America and France and Italy that there will be no competitive building up of fleets or armies between them."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: Success, America, Building, First, France, Italy, Nations, states, Understanding, United, Will)

"Genetic studies in Iceland have found that many of the women who were the founding stock of Iceland came from England and what is now France. Some were probably captured and carried off in Viking raids only 40 generations ago."
- Keith Henson
(Related: Women, EnglFounding, France, Generations, Now)

"I am working as public relations director for the Tour de France and maintaining my farm."
- Bernard Hinault
(Related: France, Public)

"I have contacts with the Tour de France which keep me close to cycling."
- Bernard Hinault
(Related: France)

"I use a retouching varnish which is made in France, Libert, and that's all the varnish I use."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: France)

"In fact, my mom always told me because I was the daughter of an Army officer born overseas in Paris, France, that under the Constitution she believed that I could never run for president."
- Karen Hughes
(Related: Mom, Daughter, Army, Constitution, Fact, France, Paris, President)

"It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: End, France, Kings)

"It was one thing to contain the Soviet Union in Europe because Britain, France, and Germany were all willing to join in. But will Japan and other Asian countries be willing to join in the containment of China?"
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: Countries, Europe, France, Germany, Will)

"We've been back since July, but I spent some time with the family in the south of France over the summer. We rented a house with another couple and took it easy."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Family, Time, France, July, Summer)

"In most of the European countries - France stands out in its resistance to this particular form of American cultural imperialism - the national film industries were forced onto the defensive after the war by such binding agreements."
- Fredric Jameson
(Related: War, American, Countries, Film, France)

"The best thing I know between France and England is the sea."
- Douglas William Jerrold
(Related: EnglFrance, Sea)

"The recent riots in France demonstrate the problem European countries face where second and third generation immigrants still do not consider themselves French, German, or English."
- Bobby Jindal
(Related: Countries, English, France)

"I do not separate France from Europe."
- Lionel Jospin
(Related: Europe, France)

"There is a racist attack against Muslims and Arabs, Algerians, Moroccans, and Tunisians in France."
- Walid Jumblatt
(Related: France)

"I condemn what happened in Madrid, but it is suspicious. If tomorrow there will be another bombing, in France for example, who will gain power? Of course not Jacques Chirac, but Le Pen."
- Walid Jumblatt
(Related: Power, Example, France, Gain, Pen, Tomorrow, Will)

"The people have spoken. Their decision is sovereign. We all respect it... I wish good luck to those who will now govern France."
- Alain Juppe
(Related: People, Decision, France, Luck, Now, Respect, Will)

"In France they spend six months training policemen, then they give them a gun and put them on the streets, and I don't know that that's enough. The film's not against the police - although I think that if someone wants to be a cop there's got to be a problem."
- Mathieu Kassovitz
(Related: Film, France, Months, Police, Training)

"We made it known that we were trying to show the reality of France. People think of Paris as the city of love or the city of light, but where you got love you got hate, where you got light you got darkness."
- Mathieu Kassovitz
(Related: Love, People, Darkness, France, Hate, Light, Paris, Reality, Trying)

"France and Italy have not yet signed this treaty or agreed to naval limitation as between those nations, but I have confidence that in time they will do so."
- Frank B. Kellogg
(Related: Time, Confidence, France, Italy, Nations, Will)

"Have we so soon forgotten those four years of terrible carnage, the greatest war of all time; forgotten the millions of men who gave their lives, who made the supreme sacrifice and who today, beneath the soil of France and Belgium, sleep the eternal sleep?"
- Frank B. Kellogg
(Related: Men, War, Sacrifice, Time, Belgium, France, Sleep, Today, Years)

"Now since France has three times in sixty years failed to obtain practical results from Political revolutions, all Europe is apt to press forward into new Social doctrine to regulate the future."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Doctrine, Europe, France, Future, Now, Press, Results, Years)

"I still have agents in France, Los Angeles and Amsterdam who call and suggest parts. I'd love to keep on doing both painting and acting until the end of my days."
- Sylvia Kristel
(Related: Love, Acting, End, France, Painting)

"If President Bush is serious about genocide, an immediate priority is to stop the cancer of Darfur from spreading further, which means working with France to shore up Chad and the Central African Republic."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: African, Cancer, France, Genocide, President)

"My husband is a general's chauffeur somewhere in France."
- Lillie Langtry
(Related: HusbFrance)

"Useful as a war against France, undertaken by the Government against the will of the people would be for our revolutionary development, just so dangerous must be the effect upon our democratic development of a war supported by blind popular enthusiasm."
- Ferdinand Lassalle
(Related: Government, War, People, Development, Enthusiasm, Blind, Effect, France, Popular, Will)

"Only in a popular war against France... do I see a misfortune."
- Ferdinand Lassalle
(Related: War, France, Misfortune, Popular)

"For us, sons of France, political sentiment is a passion; while, for the Englishmen, politics are a question of business."
- Wilfrid Laurier
(Related: Business, Politics, France, Passion, Question, Sentiment, Sons)

"It is in order that France may find her place in the new Europe that you will respond to my appeal."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: Europe, France, May, Order, Will)

"Workers of France, it is for the freedom of the prisoners that you will go to work in Germany! It is for our country that you will go in large numbers!"
- Pierre Laval
(Related: Work, Country, France, Freedom, Will, Workers)

"I defy anyone - and I have said this to the Germans - to build a solid, articulated, and viable Europe without France's consent."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: Europe, France)

"I am a peasant from the Auvergne. I want to keep my farm, and I want to keep France. Nothing else matters now."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: France, Nothing, Now, Want)

"France cannot be destroyed. She is an old country who, despite her misfortunes, has, and always will have, thanks to her past, a tremendous prestige in the world, whatever the fate inflicted upon her."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: Country, Fate, France, Old, Past, Will, World)

"English people don't have very good diction. In France you have to pronounce very particularly and clearly, and learning French at an early age helped me enormously."
- Vivien Leigh
(Related: Age, People, English, France, Learning)

"A lot of folks are still demanding more evidence before they actually consider Iraq a threat. For example, France wants more evidence. And you know I'm thinking, the last time France wanted more evidence they rolled right through Paris with the German flag."
- David Letterman
(Related: Time, Example, France, Iraq, Paris, Right, Thinking)

"France needs to find something that makes it stand out. It's not enough for it to do almost as well as its neighbors."
- Bernard Liautaud
(Related: France, Needs, Neighbors)

"Kickback is a police thriller which I wrote. I'm very proud of it. I did it in two parts for France because when I wrote it, there wasn't the audience demand for crime stuff that there is now."
- David Lloyd
(Related: Crime, France, Now, Police)

"Does this boat go to Europe, France?"
- Anita Loos
(Related: Europe, France)

"I've been to Paris France and I've been to Paris Paramount. Paris Paramount is better."
- Ernst Lubitsch
(Related: France, Paris)

"The French never allow a distinguished son of France to lack a statue."
- Edward V. Lucas
(Related: Son, France)

"I've got lots of good friends. I could have affairs. I can read a book all night, put the cat on the end of the bed. I can pick up my passport and go to France. I don't have to ask anybody."
- Joanna Lumley
(Related: Bed, End, France, Friends, Night)

"I think you get better at staring into space. Especially living in the South of France."
- Adrian Lyne
(Related: France, Living, Space)

"Having viewed Europe as an extension and projection of itself, France now finds Europe developing a mind and identity of its own which embraces France but is not controlled by France."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Europe, France, Identity, Mind, Now)

"Do we really know anybody? Who does not wear one face to hide another?"
- Frances Marion
"Otherwise, to be a movie star, it's a lot of compromise and also a lot of headaches. You can't do what you want. You become a prisoner of your fame. This happened to me in France and I don't want it."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Compromise, Fame, France, Want)

"I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really - perhaps because I'm good at languages - of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language."
- Harry Mathews
(Related: Dream, Being, Fantasy, France, Italy, Language)

"It's a scary thing going into the workforce with a $50,000 debt and you've been trained as a classical theatre actor. There's always a depression in the theatre."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Actor, Debt, Depression, Theatre)

"I'm a character actress, plain and simple... Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Work, Life, Character, Actors, Career, Careers, Stars, Worry)

"The fact that I'm sleeping with the director may have something to do with it."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Fact, May)

"Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Work, Actors, Careers, Stars)

"Most women's pictures are as boring and as formulaic as men's pictures. In place of a car chase or a battle scene, what you get is an extreme closeup of a woman breaking down."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Car, Men, Women, Battle, Extreme, Woman)

"The only power you have is the word no."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Power, Word)

"Who can worry about a career? Have a life."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Life, Career, Worry)

"I never trusted good-looking boys."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Boys)

"I like hard rock, and classic rock, and even metal."
- Frances McDormand
"I haven't wanted to play a mother for a long time because I am one."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Time, Mother, Play)

"I don't think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you're the character you're trying to be."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: People, Character, Film, Job, Trying)

"I don't think of myself as a movie star and I can pretty easily convince other people that I'm not a movie star."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: People, Pretty)

"I am an ordinary person."
- Frances McDormand
"Certainly, a lot of the films I've worked on have ended up good movies, but they haven't always been the best experiences."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Movies)

"There's only two givens with choosing acting as a profession: one is you will always be unemployed, always, and it doesn't matter how much money you make, you're still always going to be unemployed; and that you have no power."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Money, Power, Acting, Will)

"It's much easier to play supporting roles because that's what I do in my life: I support my son."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Son, Play, Support)

"After the outbreak of war, in April 1940, we left Geneva with our three children aged 4 years, 2 years and 2 weeks only to become part of the disordered refugee crowds fleeing across France from the German army."
- James Meade
(Related: War, April, Army, Children, Crowds, France, Years)

"Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression."
- James A. Michener
(Related: Idea, America, Country, Expression, France, Germany, Russia, Writers)

"France can never accept that it is no longer a dominating power in the world of culture. This is true both of the French right and the French left. They keep thinking that Americans are primitive cowboys or farmers who do not understand anything."
- Adam Michnik
(Related: Power, Americans, Cowboys, Culture, France, Right, Thinking, World)

"France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history."
- Francois Mitterrand
(Related: History, Opportunity, France, Succeed, Will, World)

"I have great satisfaction in stating that our relations with France, Russia, and other powers continue on the most friendly basis."
- James Monroe
(Related: France, Russia, Satisfaction)

"No player can become accustomed to New York's climate in August in a few days. The playing conditions, the courts in New York and France are very different."
- Helen Wills Moody
(Related: Climate, France)

"The States which form the northern border of the United States westward from the Great Lakes to the Pacific coast include an area several times larger than France and could contain ten Englands and still have room to spare."
- John Moody
(Related: France, states, United)

"We also have favourite place in France, called Charlot Premier in Nice, which does excellent oysters."
- Roger Moore
(Related: France, Oysters)

"Last summer a second unit production crew went to France and shot scenes for several of this season's episodes. They shot costumed actors in and around real castles and landmarks, we couldn't possibly have duplicated here in Hollywood."
- Vic Morrow
(Related: Actors, France, Hollywood, Production, Summer)

"I Knew why I felt at home. The spirit of freedom was hovering over that play yard as it did all over France at that time. A country was free again."
- Audie Murphy
(Related: Home, Time, Country, France, Freedom, Play, Spirit)

"We have a saying in France. A dog doesn't make a cat."
- Yannick Noah
(Related: France, Saying)

"We've already seen proliferation. We started it with Britain, then France. Then we benignly let the Israelis do it. The Pakistanis and the Indians have recently done it. The Chinese have nuclear weapons."
- William Odom
(Related: France, Weapons)

"It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Draft, France, Israel, Majority, Resolution)

"Godard is incredibly brilliant, the things he says. Apparently here in France, the most interesting thing when a new film of his is going to come out are his press conferences, because he's so brilliant."
- Brian De Palma
(Related: Film, France, Press)

"In France, you can sell a lot, but nobody outside of France ever hears of it."
- Alan Parsons
(Related: France)

"Anyway, I collapsed in France in the middle of a tour. I hadn't been eating properly, I was getting very phobic about audiences, and I collapsed in pure fright."
- Andy Partridge
(Related: Audiences, Eating, France)

"The 1984 European Championships were held in France and that was something important. I felt on form then, even though I was practically always injured at all the World Cups. It's a great memory. But in any case, the past is past."
- Michel Patini
(Related: France, Memory, Past, World)

"I wanted to play piano in restaurants in the south of France. I went there on holiday once and I saw this guy playing in an old tuxedo. He was all disheveled, with a whisky glass on the piano. I thought that was the coolest thing. So what's happened to me with 'Twilight' isn't really what I'd planned."
- Robert Pattinson
(Related: Thought, France, Holiday, Old, Play, Restaurants)

"There wasn't anti-Semitism in France."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: France)

"There is an Islamic population in France, most of which comes from the North African countries."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: African, Countries, France, Population)

"France was an occupied country, a country that surrendered and was left without the right to choose."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: Country, France, Right)

"The door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant in geography to sit in the high seats."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: Women, Time, Duty, Geography, Right, Woman)

"Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: Being, Trees, Woman)

"But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No one had any measure of its progress; no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of its way."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: Progress, Depression, Measure)

"In America, public opinion is the leader."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: Leader, America, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"Most of man's problems upon this planet, in the long history of the race, have been met and solved either partially or as a whole by experiment based on common sense and carried out with courage."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: History, Courage, Common sense, Man, Problems, Race)

"The quality of his being one with the people, of having no artificial or natural barriers between him and them, made it possible for him to be a leader without ever being or thinking of being a dictator."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: Quality, Leader, People, Being, Thinking)

"To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods."
- Frances Perkins
(Related: Education, Civilization, Hope, Machine, Nothing, Police)

"Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Government, Example, France, Rights, Human rights, Praise, World)

"To be successful in my native France, where people speak the same language and understand me, is nothing."
- Edith Piaf
(Related: People, Successful, France, Language, Nothing)

"This programme would only really make sense and work properly if it was also broadcast on France's international television channel TV5. So I ended up with a double production, on France 2 and TV5."
- Bernard Pivot
(Related: Work, France, Production, Sense, Television)

"Creole is New Orleans city food. Communities were created by the people who wanted to stay and not go back to Spain or France."
- Paul Prudhomme
(Related: Food, People, France, Spain)

"In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?"
- Manuel Puig
(Related: History, People, Country, France, Weight)

"A country like France now does two-thirds of its trade within the euro zone."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: Country, France, Now, Trade, Zone)

"France has a very important relationship with Germany. But that does not mean that we agree about everything or that two of our universities or companies are not going to compete."
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin
(Related: France, Germany)

"All history is pornography."
- Francesca da Rimini
(Related: History, Pornography)

"Come dress yourself in love, let the journey begin."
- Francesca da Rimini
(Related: Love, Dress, Journey)

"I do suspect that this world is hell."
- Francesca da Rimini
(Related: Hell, World)

"Search for beauty without features, something deeper than any signs."
- Francesca da Rimini
(Related: Beauty)

"I just did in my early twenties what most did when they were teenagers, being free and exploring and making mistakes, but I did it in France. I did it privately."
- Molly Ringwald
(Related: Being, France, Mistakes, Teenagers)

"The education, the cultural awareness, is different in Europe, especially in France, from that in the United States. So I think the public will be much more appreciative of many images."
- Herb Ritts
(Related: Education, Awareness, Europe, France, Public, states, United, Will)

"Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had."
- Frances Rodman
(Related: Matrimony)

"Courage is sometimes frail as hope is frail: a fragile shoot between two stones that grows brave toward the sun though warmth and brightness fail, striving and faith the only strength it knows."
- Frances Rodman
(Related: Faith, Courage, Hope, Strength, Sun)

"The problem with speeches isn't so much not knowing when to stop, as knowing when not to begin."
- Frances Rodman
"Many after-dinner speakers remind us that to err is human."
- Frances Rodman
"Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again."
- Frances Rodman
(Related: Now, Right)

"Think twice before you speak - and you'll find everyone talking about something else."
- Frances Rodman
(Related: Talking)

"France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America.""
- Helen Rowland
(Related: America, France, May, World)

"You're thinking of Eurpoe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Europe, France, Germany, Old, Thinking)

"Look what happened with the employment law in France-the law was withdrawn because the people marched in the streets. I think what we need is a global protest movement of people who won't give up."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: People, France, Law, Protest)

"I have often heard that the novel is dead. But I see novels produced, I don't know how many a week, in France. I have the impression it's carrying along quite well."
- Nathalie Sarraute
(Related: Impression, France)

"The impressionists, Debussy, Faure, in France, did take a few steps forward."
- Pierre Schaeffer
(Related: France)

"I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life - to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one's neighbors."
- Robert W. Service
(Related: Life, Society, Criticism, France, Neighbors)

"I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Consideration, France, Slavery, states)

"The decision by France to resume nuclear testing in the South Pacific has destroyed this hope and raised a storm of protest at home, in the South Pacific and thankfully around the world."
- Jenny Shipley
(Related: Home, Decision, Hope, France, Protest, Testing, World)

"Sometimes, but the year I lived in France I started to write songs."
- Carly Simon
(Related: France, Songs)

"When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them."
- Gordon Sinclair
(Related: Age, Americans, France, Germany)

"I happen to have the benefit of having a son-in-law who was the former Mr. France and a trainer. I like being his benefactor and I like the way he works."
- Suzanne Somers
(Related: Son, Being, France)

"For years I have been going to the South of France to cool out."
- Suzanne Somers
(Related: France, Years)

"When our boys come home from France, we will have the hags flung out."
- W. A. Spooner
(Related: Home, Boys, France, Will)

"I grew up in France, my first language was French, and I tend to gravitate towards French cooking."
- Robert Stack
(Related: Cooking, First, France, Language)

"In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: France)

"It is not what France gave you but what it did not take from you that was important."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: France)

"The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man."
- Stendhal
(Related: Men, Desire, France, Luxury, Majority, Man, Woman)

"Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit."
- Stendhal
(Related: America, Envy, France, Wit)

"Though, with the ascendancy of Louis, the political power of the nobles finally came to an end, France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life, completely aristocratic."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Power, Life, End, France)

"When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity; it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Government, France, Maturity, Nation)

"In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: EnglFrance, Glory, Italy, Literature, Shakespeare, Spain)

"In France we have a law which doesn't allow the press to publish a photo that you didn't approve. It lets the paparazzi take the picture, but if they publish this picture, you have the choice to sue the newspaper. So me, I always sued them."
- Audrey Tautou
(Related: Choice, France, Law, Press)

"People in France are very intrusive when they recognize you. In New York, they are very polite, with quick words, so it's great."
- Audrey Tautou
(Related: People, France, Quick, Words)

"I spent another six years in Europe covering sporting events such as the Tour de France."
- John Tesh
(Related: Europe, Events, France, Years)

"In France, everyone speaks French 'cause they think it's cool. Gives 'em, gives 'em an excuse to smoke."
- Scott Thompson
(Related: France)

"Each had defended his own country; the Germans Germany, the Frenchmen France; they had done their duty."
- Ernst Toller
(Related: Country, Duty, France, Germany)

"I like going to France, because no one knows who I am."
- Tracey Ullman
(Related: France)

"Maybe when I'm 75 and living in the south of France, after everyone I want to bitch about is already dead, then I may want to talk about my life in Hollywood."
- Tracey Ullman
(Related: Life, France, Hollywood, Living, May, Talk, Want)

"Mr. Churchill is proud of Britain's stand alone, after France had fallen and before America entered the War."
- Eamon de Valera
(Related: War, America, France)

"France, for example, loves at the same time history and the drama, because the one explores the vast destinies of humanity, and the other the individual lot of man."
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: History, Time, Drama, Example, France, Humanity)

"Do you know that charming part of our country which has been called the garden of France - that spot where, amid verdant plains watered by wide streams, one inhales the purest air of heaven?"
- Alfred de Vigny
(Related: Country, France, Garden, Heaven)

"I would like to tell our American, British and Spanish friends that the Iraqi crisis is not a problem between the United States and France, but between those who want to move forward in the logic of war and the international community."
- Dominique de Villepin
(Related: War, American, Community, Crisis, France, Friends, Logic, states, United, Want)

"In France, I learned about wine and cheese."
- Walter Wager
(Related: France, Wine)

"Why does there exist a global American entertainment industry, but there isn't an equivalent coming from France or Italy? This is the case simply because the English language opens the whole world to the American cinema."
- Andrzej Wajda
(Related: American, Cinema, English, Entertainment, France, Italy, Language, World)

"It was pretty awful for us children because we never really knew the local children. Mother was keen for us to learn languages, so our travels took us to France and Italy, as well as the West Country."
- Mary Wesley
(Related: Mother, Children, Country, France, Italy, Pretty)

"France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper."
- Billy Wilder
(Related: Money, France)

"France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper."
- Billy Wilder
(Related: Money, Country, France)

"This seems to be the law of progress in everything we do; it moves along a spiral rather than a perpendicular; we seem to be actually going out of the way, and yet it turns out that we were really moving upward all the time."
- Frances E. Willard
(Related: Time, Progress, Law)

"The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum."
- Frances E. Willard
(Related: Life, Waste, Will, World)

"In externals we advance with lightening express speed, in modes of thought and sympathy we lumber on in stage-coach fashion."
- Frances E. Willard
(Related: Sympathy, Thought, Fashion)

"Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul."
- Frances E. Willard
(Related: Abstinence, Moderation, Temperance)

"A few regular troops from old France, weakened by hunger and sickness, who, when fresh, were unable to withstand the British soldiers, are their general's chief dependence."
- James Wolfe
(Related: Dependence, France, Hunger, Old, Sickness, Soldiers, Troops)

"I have been swamped with tremendous response. I am expecting a huge crowd."
- Frances Wright
"These will vary in every human being; but knowledge is the same for every mind, and every mind may and ought to be trained to receive it."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Knowledge, Being, May, Mind, Will)

"There is but one honest limit to the rights of a sentient being; it is where they touch the rights of another sentient being."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Being, Rights)

"The sciences have ever been the surest guides to virtue."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Virtue)

"Religion may be defined thus: a belief in, and homage rendered to, existences unseen and causes unknown."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Religion, Belief, Causes, May)

"Pets, like their owners, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Christmas, Pets)

"Let us unite on the safe and sure ground of fact and experiment, and we can never err; yet better, we can never differ."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Fact)

"It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race, and that half by far the most important and influential."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Power, Race)

"If they exert it not for good, they will for evil; if they advance not knowledge, they will perpetuate ignorance."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Knowledge, Evil, Ignorance, Will)

"However novel it may appear, I shall venture the assertion, that, until women assume the place in society which good sense and good feeling alike assign to them, human improvement must advance but feebly."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Society, Women, Feeling, Improvement, May, Sense)

"How are men to be secured in any rights without instruction; how to be secured in the equal exercise of those rights without equality of instruction? By instruction understand me to mean knowledge - just knowledge; not talent, not genius, not inventive mental powers."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Equality, Men, Talent, Genius, Knowledge, Exercise, Rights)

"Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Equality, Soul, Fact, Liberty)

"Do we exert our own liberties without injury to others - we exert them justly; do we exert them at the expense of others - unjustly. And, in thus doing, we step from the sure platform of liberty upon the uncertain threshold of tyranny."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Injury, Liberty, Tyranny)

"All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Faith, Nature, Opinions, Reason)

"If we bring not the good courage of minds covetous of truth, and truth only, prepared to hear all things, and decide upon all things, according to evidence, we should do more wisely to sit down contented in ignorance, than to bestir ourselves only to reap disappointment."
- Frances Wright
(Related: Truth, Courage, Disappointment, Ignorance)

"Luckily, he was in the process of moving to France at the time, anyway. But if he had stayed in the States, I don't know how he would have handled that, because it was getting pretty crazy. I mean, a celebrity which he really did not welcome. And I can't blame him."
- Terry Zwigoff
(Related: Time, Blame, Celebrity, France, Pretty, states)