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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Writer
Nation: French
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To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.

Tags: Avoid, Enough, Witty

If you value a man's regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper - and despise it.

Tags: Him, Strive, Value

No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.

Tags: Avoid, Original, Profoundly

The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions.

Tags: According, Geometric, Work

The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life.

Tags: Great, Life, Negative

If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.

Tags: Lives, Men, Minds

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

Tags: Avoid, Happiness, Past

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.

Tags: Alone, Cold, Family

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.

Tags: Edifice, Marriage, Successful

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.

Tags: Happy, Marriage, Short

Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.

Tags: Everyone, Lacks, Smile

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.

Tags: Age, Bad, Time

Business is a combination of war and sport.

Tags: Business, War

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.

Tags: Humanity, Love, Romantic

People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.

Tags: Enemy, Fool, Woman

We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.

Tags: Appreciate, Frankness, Others

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.

Tags: Act, Character, Destiny

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.

Tags: Compassion, Fool, Happiness

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.

Tags: Almost, Marriage, Nation

Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.

Tags: Illusion, Lost, Novel

Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.

Tags: Great, Life, Work

Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.

Tags: Age, Evil, True

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.

Tags: Against, Age, Artist
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Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.

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Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by.

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The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it.

Tags: Difficult, Opinion, Rather

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.

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Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.

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Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.

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The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.

Tags: Business, Fitness, Leader

There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison.

Tags: Poison, Pure, Truth

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

Tags: Smart, Strong, Wisdom

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.

Tags: Best, Good, Learn

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

Tags: Attitude, Greatest, Life

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Tags: Knows, Leader, Leadership

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

Tags: Attitude, May, Words

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

Tags: Enough, Leadership, Others

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.

Tags: Fear, Great, Greatest

Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.

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Leadership is influence.

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The first time you say something, it's heard. The second time, it's recognized, and the third time it's learned.

Tags: Learned, Second, Time

To add value to others, one must first value others.

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Policies are many, Principles are few, Policies will change, Principles never do.

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People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.

Tags: Leader, Leadership, Vision

We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice.

Tags: Attitudes, Choice, Choose

Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.

Tags: Alone, Remember, Sometimes

Good executives never put off until tomorrow what they can get someone else to do today.

Tags: Good, Today, Tomorrow

If you're lying, you're lying.

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In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.

Tags: End, Persuaded, Understand
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