Georges Bernanos

(1888-1948 / Paris)

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 became a frequent setting for his novels. He served in the First World War as a soldier, where he witnessed the battles of the Somme and Verdun. He was wounded several times. After the war, he worked in insurance before writing Sous le soleil de Satan. He won the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie ... 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).
  • 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).
  • ''A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.''
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Curé de Torcy, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 2 (1936).
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