Quotes by Jean Giraudoux

The secret of success is sincerity.
- Jean Giraudoux
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
- Jean Giraudoux
The theatre is like a Catholic Mass of language.
- Jean Giraudoux
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Ask any soldier. To kill a man is to merit a woman.
- Jean Giraudoux
There are no great people. There are only great topics.
- Jean Giraudoux
Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.
- Jean Giraudoux
Men should only believe half of what women say. But which half?
- Jean Giraudoux
One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.
- Jean Giraudoux
There are no elements so diverse that they cannot be joined in the heart of a man.
- Jean Giraudoux
A man has only one way of being immortal on earth: he has to forget he is a mortal.
- Jean Giraudoux
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If you sing a song of peace with enough gestures and grimaces, it becomes a war song.
- Jean Giraudoux
Everyone, when there's war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.
- Jean Giraudoux
Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands.
- Jean Giraudoux
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
- Jean Giraudoux
I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.
- Jean Giraudoux
It's odd how people waiting for you stand out far less clearly than people you are waiting for.
- Jean Giraudoux
I have been a woman for fifty years, and I've never yet been able to discover precisely what it is I am.
- Jean Giraudoux
As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
- Jean Giraudoux
Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
- Jean Giraudoux
It would be better if only the old men fought the wars. Every country is the country of youth. When its youth dies, it dies with them.
- Jean Giraudoux
There is an invisible garment woven around us from our earliest years; it is made of the way we eat, the way we walk, the way we greet people.
- Jean Giraudoux
A golf course is the epitome of all that is purely transitory in the universe; a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.
- Jean Giraudoux
Men don't deceive their wives unless they love them. When they love them most, they deceive them. It's a form of fidelity, their deceit.
- Jean Giraudoux
There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
- Jean Giraudoux
The older we women grow, the more clearly we see what men really are: hypocrites, boasters, he-goats. The older men grow, the more they doll us up with every perfection.
- Jean Giraudoux
When you see a woman who can go nowhere without a staff of admirers, it is not so much because they think she is beautiful, it is because she has told them they are handsome.
- Jean Giraudoux
I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.
- Jean Giraudoux
I don't like knowing about other people's feelings. There is nothing more embarrassing. Just as when you play cards and you see your opponent's hand. You are sure to lose.
- Jean Giraudoux
Agreement is never reached in love. The life of a wife and husband who love each other is never at rest. Whether the marriage is true or false, the marriage portion is the same: elemental discord.
- Jean Giraudoux
When a grown man reaches forty, we change him for an old one. He has completely disappeared. There's only the most superficial resemblance between the two of them. Nothing is handed on from one to the other.
- Jean Giraudoux
The brave men die in war. It takes great luck or judgment not to be killed. Once, at least, the head has to bow and the knee has to bend to danger. The soldiers who march back under the triumphal arches are death's deserters.
- Jean Giraudoux
A stock certificate is not a tool, like a shovel, or a commodity, like a pound of cheese. What we sell a customer is not a share in a business, but a view of the Elysian Fields. A financier is a creative artist. Our function is to stimulate the imagination. We are poets!
- Jean Giraudoux

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