Jean Anouilh

French dramatist noted for his reinterpretations of Greek myths (1910-1987)

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An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying.
Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know He is.
God is on everyone's side and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.
It is restful, tragedy, because one knows that there is no more lousy hope left. You know you're caught, caught at last like a rat with all the world on its back. And the only thing left to do is shout -- not moan, or complain, but yell out at the top of your voice whatever it was you had to say. What you've never said before. What perhaps you don't even know till now.
It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.
Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.
Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.
One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.
Poor little men, poor little cocks! As soon as they're old enough, they swell their plumage to be conquerors. If they only knew that it's enough to be just a little bit wounded and sad in order to obtain everything without fighting for it.
Propaganda is a soft weapon hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.
Saintliness is also a temptation.
Talent is like a faucet while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.
The true masters of the art of living are already happy if they are not unhappy.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

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