JEAN ANOUILH QUOTES

French dramatist (1910-1987)

However tight I shut my eyes, there will always be a stray dog somewhere in the world who'll stop me being happy.

JEAN ANOUILH, Restless Heart

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Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.

JEAN ANOUILH, Beckett

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Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself.

JEAN ANOUILH, L'homme et la mort dans l'histoire

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Everything ends this way in France. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, affairs of state -- everything is a pretext for a good dinner.

JEAN ANOUILH, Cecile

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I spit on your happiness! I spit on your idea of life--that life that must go on, come what may. You are like dogs that lick everything they smell. You with your promise of a humdrum happiness--provided a person doesn't ask too much of life. I want everything of life, I do; and I want it now! I want it total, complete: otherwise I reject it! I will not be moderate. I will not be satisfied with the bit of cake you offer me if I promise to be a good little girl. I want to be sure of everything this very day; sure that everything will be as beautiful as when I was a little girl. If not, I want to die!

JEAN ANOUILH, Antigone

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We have found other terms far less vague than the old ones to designate the same complaints. It's a great advance linguistically.

JEAN ANOUILH, The Waltz of the Toreadors

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I like reality. It tastes like bread.

JEAN ANOUILH, Plays

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One cannot weep for the entire world. It is beyond human strength. One must choose.

JEAN ANOUILH, Cecile

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One can be a patriot, you know, without making one's wife join the breadline.

JEAN ANOUILH, Mademoiselle Colombe

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Life isn't what you think it is. It's like water, and the young let it trickle away between their fingers without even noticing. Cup your hands, keep it safe. Life eventually becomes something else, something hard, something simple, something you can hold in your hand and nibble on contentedly as you sit in the sun.

JEAN ANOUILH, Antigone

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Confound it, Madam, my head is out of bounds! It's the one spot where I can have a bit of peace!

JEAN ANOUILH, The Waltz of the Toreadors

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All children are sweet at five. But at twelve they begin to get silly.

JEAN ANOUILH, Thieves' Carnival

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If you think I'm dressing up as your ecclesiastical secretary like the last time, it's a no go. I'm not wearing a cassock in this heat.

JEAN ANOUILH, Thieves' Carnival

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Don't make the mistake of believing it's enough to reproduce the realities of life.... The object of art is to give life a shape, and to do it by every conceivable artifice.

JEAN ANOUILH, The Rehearsal

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There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

JEAN ANOUILH, Ardele

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Life consists of nothing more than the happiness we can get out of it.

JEAN ANOUILH, Antigone

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With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

JEAN ANOUILH, The Lark

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An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

JEAN ANOUILH, Antigone

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Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt in God.

JEAN ANOUILH, Becket

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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. It is almost impossible to sleep for more than twelve hours a day, and the remaining twelve hours have to be filled in somehow.

JEAN ANOUILH, The Collected Plays

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