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Quotations From GEORGES BERNANOS

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  • 1.
    Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it, espouses it.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 4 (1936).
  • 2.
    It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 7 (1936).

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  • 3.
    No one ever discovers the depths of his own loneliness.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 7 (1936).
  • 4.
    What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 4 (1936).

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  • 5.
    Lust is a mysterious wound in the side of humanity; or rather, at the very source of its life! To confound this lust in man with that desire which unites the sexes is like confusing a tumor with the very organ which it devours, a tumor whose very deformity horribly reproduces the shape.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 4 (1936).

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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    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).

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  • 9.
    Faith is not a thing which one "loses," we merely cease to shape our lives by it.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 4 (1936).

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  • 10.
    The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.
    Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. "Why Freedom?" The Last Essays of Georges Bernanos (1955).
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