Discover French culture with quotations


What they said about Paris, French culture, art or style of life...

Victor Hugo

- He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


- Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.


- Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.


- The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.

Napoléon Bonaparte

- Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.


- A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.


- A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.


- I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.


- They erected a beautiful statue to TIME with this inscription: TO THE ONE WHICH CONSOLES.


- Common sense is not so common.


- If God created us in His image we have certainly returned the compliment.


- It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.


- Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal.

Coco Chanel

- Fashion fades, only style remains the same.


- Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.


- How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

And many others...

Pierre Perret – France without Paris is like a lamb without mustard.


Charles De Gaulle –How do you expect to govern a country where there are 258 sorts of cheese?


Vincent Van Gogh – I would rather die of passion than of boredom.


Pablo Picasso –Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.


Le Corbusier – The greatness does not reflect in the dimensions but in the intention.