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Famous Quotes & Quotations About France:

Now nothing is real except French wine. For absurdity is reality, my loneliness unreal, my mind tired. And I shall die an old Parisian.
~ Conrad Kent Rivers.

Nowhere but in France are people so strictly observant of great matters and so disdainfully indulgent about small ones.
~ Honore de Balzac.

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.

One difference between French appeasement and American appeasement is that France pays ransom in cash and gets its hostages back while the United States pays ransom in arms and gets additional hostages taken.
~ William Saffire.

Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philtre, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.
~ Roland Barthes.

Paris is always a good idea
~ Movie: Sabrina.

Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?
~ Margaret Anderson.

Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair, in America they end it.
~ The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem.

Studious to please, and ready to submit; the supple Gaul was born a parasite.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes,The Great Cham of Literature.

The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older - intelligence and good manners.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes.

The Frenchman, by nature, is sensuous and sensitive. He has intelligence, which makes him tired of life sooner than other kinds of men. He is not athletic: he sees the futility of the pursuit of fame; the climate at times depresses him.
~ Anais Nin.

The Frenchman, easy, debonair, and brisk,
Give him his lass, his fiddle, and his frisk,
Is always happy, reign whoever may,
And laughs the sense of mis'ry far away.
~ William Cowper, Table Talk.

The Frenchman is first and foremost a man. He is likeable often just because of his weaknesses, which are always thoroughly human, even if despicable.
~ Henry Miller.

To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
~ Victor Hugo Quotes.

We were only there for five days and during that time Tom was a bit annoyed that the French were more interested in me and my schoolgirl outfit than him and his long scarf.
~ Lalla Ward.

When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold.
~ Metternich.

Yet, who can help loving the land that has taught us
Six hundred and eighty~ five ways to dress eggs?
~ Thomas Moore, Fudge Family.

You can't escape the past in Paris, and yet what's so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn't seem to burden.
~ Allen Ginsberg.

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