Fabulous Quotes about France

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about France, Paris and the French people.  What are some of your favorites?

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

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

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

How can anyone govern a nation that has 240 different kinds of cheese? Charles de Gaulle

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

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

Now nothing is real except French wine. For absurdity is reality, my loneliness unreal, my mind tired. And I shall die an old Parisian. – Conrad Kent Rivers

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! – The movie Sabrina

Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair, in America they end it. – The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem

The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Frenchman is first and foremost a man. He is likeable often just because of his weaknesses, which are always thoroughly human, even if despicable. – Henry Miller

The Frenchman, by nature, is sensuous and sensitive. He has intelligence, which makes him tired of life sooner than other kinds of men. He is not athletic: he sees the futility of the pursuit of fame; the climate at times depresses him. – Anaïs Nin

To err is human. To loaf is Parisian. – Victor Hugo

When good Americans die they go to Paris. – Oscar Wilde

You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden. – Allen Ginsberg


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