Jean Giraudoux Quotes

Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux, 1882 – 1944

Born: 29 October 1882, Bellac, Haute-Vienne, France
Died: 31 January 1944, Paris, France

Giraudoux studied at the Lycée Lakanal at Paris and after graduating traveled extensively, mostly in Europe but included a year lecturing at Harvard. He returned to France in 1910 and took a position with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served through World War I, becoming the first writer to be awarded the Legion of Honor during wartime. He is known today primarily for the plays he wrote between the World Wars.

Jean Giraudoux quotes:

A faithful woman looks to the spring, a good book, perfume, earthquakes, and divine revelation for the experience others find in a lover. They deceive their husbands, so to speak, with the entire world, men excepted.
    Jean Giraudoux

A golf course is the epitome of all that is purely transitory in the universe; a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.
    Jean Giraudoux

A man has only one way of being immortal on earth: he has to forget he is a mortal.
    Jean Giraudoux

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
    Jean Giraudoux

Born enemies don’t fight. Nations you would say were designed to go to war against each other by their skins, their language, their smell; always jealous of each other, always hating each other; they’re not the ones who fight. You will find the real antagonists in nations fate has groomed and made ready for the same war.
    Jean Giraudoux

Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
    Jean Giraudoux

Everyone always dies for his country. If you have lived in it, well and wisely and actively, you die for it too.
    Jean Giraudoux

Everyone, when there’s war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.
    Jean Giraudoux

Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands.
    Jean Giraudoux

I believe in the gods. Or rather, I believe that I believe in the gods. But I don’t believe that they are great brooding presences watching over us; I believe they are completely absent-minded.
    Jean Giraudoux

I forgot they were talking about me. They sound so wonderfully convincing.
    Jean Giraudoux

I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.
    Jean Giraudoux

I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.
    Jean Giraudoux

In wartime a man is called a hero. It doesn’t make him any braver, and he runs for his life. But at least it’s a hero who is running away.
    Jean Giraudoux

It’s odd how people waiting for you stand out far less clearly than people you are waiting for.
    Jean Giraudoux

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