Great Quotes by French Writers and Philosophers

French culture has a prominent place in modern civilization. The French have made significant contributions to western philosophy, literature, fine arts, cuisine, science and architecture. Up until 50 years ago, France was a major world power not unlike the United States today. Below is a collection of great quotes by French writers and philosophers.  
"There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice." Montesquieu 

"An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate." François-René de Chateaubriand

"Man is never perfect, nor contented." Jules Verne

“I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Voltaire

"Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred." Jean de La Fontaine

"Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life." Arthur Rimbaud

"Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself." Blaise Pascal 

"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas." Marie Curie

“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.” Victor Hugo

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

"There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power." Honore de Balzac

“All for one, and one for all!” Alexandre Dumas

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