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There is no road of flowers leading to glory


Jean de La Fontaine

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There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
No flowery road leads to glory. [Fr., Aucun chemin de fleurs ne conduit a la gloire.]
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
Perhaps you are making a cat's paw of me with Phillotson all this time. Upon my word it almost seems...
THOMAS HARDY
¡La poesía no es de quien la escribe, sino de quien la usa!
ANTONIO SKáRMETA
La felicidad duradera nos la proporcionan las consecuencias de nuestros actos, no la cantidad de nue...
ROBIN S. SHARMA
Alimentados de pesimismo no vivimos la vida, la sufrimos.
MIGUEL DELIBES
The Slaying of Jean Charles de Menezes
RICHARD SEYMOUR
Los efectos de la conservación de la Tierra dependen de la conservación de las causas.
MARTíN BALAREZO GARCíA
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is mad...
ANTONIO MACHADO
Para la mayoría de nosotros la verdadera vida es la vida que no llevamos.
OSCAR WILDE
¿ la claire fontaine. You see the world as children are forming.
JOELLE DUMAS
La seguridad de la Fe vence a la duda de la Razón.
CRISTO LEON
What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by w...
PAUL VALERY
Books follow morals, and not morals books.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
I am a man for whom the outside world exists.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that yo...
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
The cat is a dilettante in fur.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
I'm intact, and I don't give a damn.
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze.
AIME CESAIRE
A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
PAUL VALERY
Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a t...
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The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
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An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxi...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same ...
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
But sweetly and discreetly love passes from person to person, from heart to heart, or it is nothing ...
MARIE DE FRANCE
I am the Empire at the end of the decadence.
PAUL VERLAINE
Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
A very great Iliad... concerns the creation of a nation.
RAYMOND QUENEAU
Naturally I drew register a little exaggerated, in order to create something new in the sense of a s...
COMTE DE LAUTREAMONT
In my opinion butlers ought To know their place, and not to play The Old Retainer night and day.
JOACHIM DU BELLAY
Lo importante es el camino, no la meta. No se trata solo del logro de algo increíble. Se trata del ...
KAREN BLUMENTHAL
La juventud es un engaño -un engaño de la prensa y libros de texto. ¡La mejor época de la vida! ...
HERMANN HESSE
La tecnología etérea y digital que reemplazó a la imprenta ha alcanzado la mayoria de edad en un ...
JARON LANIER
In Morocco, it's possible to see the Atlantic and the Mediterranean at the same time.
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is wi...
COMTE DE LAUTREAMONT
It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not...
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
At times I think and at times I am.
PAUL VALERY
Critical lice are like body lice, which desert corpses to seek the living.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material that resists the process, verse, marble, onyx...
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania f...
LOUIS ARAGON
I is another.
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between...
ANDRE BRETON
It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.
PAUL VALERY
We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.
PAUL VALERY
Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
PAUL VALERY
A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
PAUL VALERY
The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
PAUL VALERY
Any newspaper, from the first line to the last, is nothing but a web of horrors, I cannot understand...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
He who would tell divers tales must know how to vary the tune.
MARIE DE FRANCE
This universe can very well be expressed in words and syllables which are not those of one's mot...
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
The Odyssey is the story of someone who, in the course of diverse experiences, acquires a personalit...
RAYMOND QUENEAU
Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
It would perhaps be nice to be alternately the victim and the executioner.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
Progress, this great heresy of decay.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The poet is a madman lost in adventure.
PAUL VERLAINE
Everything for me becomes allegory.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is li...
PAUL VALERY
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.
PAUL VALERY
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
PAUL VALERY
History is the science of things which are not repeated.
PAUL VALERY
Power without abuse loses its charm.
PAUL VALERY
Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.
THEOPHILE GAUTIER
Morality is the weakness of the brain.
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
Romanticism has never been properly judged. Who was there to judge it? The critics!
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.
ARTHUR RIMBAUD
Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
ANDRE BRETON
Words make love with one another.
ANDRE BRETON
Music fathoms the sky.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is onl...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without s...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and ...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
The insatiable thirst for everything which lies beyond, and which life reveals, is the most living p...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
We must stop posing as victims of the West and behaving negatively towards the West. We must partici...
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through ...
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present i...
STEPHANE MALLARME
I am a guest of the French language. My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French l...
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
Fairest and dearest, your wrath and anger are more heavy than I can bear; but learn that I cannot te...
MARIE DE FRANCE
But a dandy can never be a vulgar man.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden ...
MARIE DE FRANCE
Fiction has consisted either of placing imaginary characters in a true story, which is the Iliad, or...
RAYMOND QUENEAU
The Iliad is the private lives of people thrown into disorder by history.
RAYMOND QUENEAU
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express th...
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.
JOHN PETIT-SENN
New ideas should confront old ideas. We must refer to the example of Europe. People have fought to m...
TAHAR BEN JELLOUN
It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions an...
RENE CHAR
Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
VINCENT VAN GOGH

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It's a double pleasure to trick the trickster.
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The greatest ass of the three is not the one you would think.
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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
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Diversity, that is my motto. [Fr., Diversite, c'est ma devise.]
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There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
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Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
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Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.
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By the work one knows the workman.
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Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury.
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Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
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Still people are dangerous.
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Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
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The argument of the strongest is always the best.
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Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.
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Better a living beggar than a buried emperor. [Fr., Mieux vaut goujat debout qu'empereur enterre.]
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Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend;
A wise enemy is worth more.
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In everything one must consider the end.
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Better to rely on one powerful king than on many little princes.
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By time and toil we sever What strength and rage could never. [Fr., Patience et longueur de te...
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But the shortest works are always the best.
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Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value
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Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats; neither fear nor shame can cure them
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In short, luck's always to blame.
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Help yourself, and Heaven will help you.
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He knows the universe and does not know himself.
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Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
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Example is a dangerous lure: where the wasp got through the gnat sticks fast. [Fr., L'exemple es...
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A cheerful mind is a vigorous mind.
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We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
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We become innocent when we are unfortunate. [Fr., On devient innocent quand on est malheureux.]
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Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.
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Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.
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Never sell the bear's skin before one has killed the beast.
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To win a race, the swiftness of a dart availeth not without a timely start.
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I bend but do not break.
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One returns to the place one came from.
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Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
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By the work one knows the workmen.
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In my end is my beginning.
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A fly sat on the chariot wheel And said "what a dust I raise."
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No flowery road leads to glory. [Fr., Aucun chemin de fleurs ne conduit a la gloire.]
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Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
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In short, Luck's always to blame.
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A hungry stomach cannot hear.
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Often we find our own destiny on the same roads that we have been avoiding.
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In this world we must help one another.
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This fellow did not see further than his own nose.
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We believe no evil till the evil's done
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In all matters one must consider the end.
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The ant is no lender; that is the least of her faults.
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Beware so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance
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A pessimist and an optimist, so much the worse; so much the better.
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One often has need of one, inferior to himself.
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JEAN DE LA BRUYèRE
We should only endeavor to think and speak correctly ourselves, without wishing to bring others over...
JEAN DE LA BRUYèRE
We trust our secrets to our friends, but they escape from us in love. [Fr., L'on confie son secre...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of the man who confided it.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
JEAN DE LA BRUYèRE
Lofty posts make great men greater still, and small men much smaller.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the stupidity of ot...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other te...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
A man can keep a secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
We never deceive for a good purpose: knavery adds malice to falsehood. [Fr., On ne trompe point e...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity. [Fr., Les hommes rougissent...
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A judge's duty is to grant justice, but his practice is to delay it: even those judges who know th...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any othe...
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