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Georges Bernanos


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Georges Bernanos (20 February 1888 – 5 July 1948) was a French author, and a soldier in World War I. Of Roman Catholic and monarchist leanings, he was a violent adversary to bourgeois thought and to what he identified as defeatism leading to France's defeat in 1940.

Bernanos was born at Paris, into a family of craftsmen, and spent much of his childhood in the Pas de Calais region, which... more »

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  • ''A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.''
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. "France Before the World of Tomorrow," The Last Essays of Georges Bernanos (1955).
  • Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge ...
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. M. Olivier, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 7 (1936).
  • When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you're bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in th...
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist and political writer. M. Olivier, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 7 (1936).
  • ''It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.''
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. M. Olivier, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 7 (1936).
  • ''What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!''
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. Madame la Comtesse, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 5 (1936).
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