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Famous Quotes & Quotations About France:

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.

America is my country and Paris is my hometown.
~ Gertrude Stein.

Appreciation, gratitude, affection-these are the qualities Parisians bestow on their parks. Beauty, serenity, tranquillity, majesty-these are the rewards they reap in return.
~ Landt Dennis.

As an artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

Boy, those French. They have a different word for everything.
~ Steve Martin.

Everything ends this way in France - everything.Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs - everything is a pretext for a good dinner.
~ Jean Anouilh.

France has more need of me than I have need of France.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte.

France is a dog-hole, and it no more merits the tread of a man's foot.
~ William Shakespeare.

France is the only country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.
~ Billy Wilder.

France famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
~ Matthew Arnold.

I never rebel so much against France as not to regard Paris with a friendly eye; she has had my heart since my childhood.... I love her tenderly, even to her warts and her spots. I am French only by this great city: the glory of France, and one of the noblest ornaments of the world.
~ Michel de Montaigne.

I would have loved it - without the French.
~ David Herbert Lawrence.

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
~ Ernest Hemingway.

In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
~ Geoffrey Cottrell.

In France everything is a matter for jest. People make quips about the scaffold, about Napoleon's defeat on the banks of The Beresina, and about the barricades of our revolutions. So, at the assizes of the Last Judgment, there will always be a Frenchmen to crack a joke.
~ Honore de Balzac.

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.
~ Mark Twain.

It {France} may be the only country in the world where the rich are sometimes brilliant.
~ Lillian Hellman.

It's true that the French have a certain obsession with sex, but it's a particularly adult obsession. France is the thriftiest of all nations; to a Frenchman sex provides the most economical way to have fun. The French are a logical race.
~ Anita Loos.

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