Quotations About / On: PARIS

  • 11.
    Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).)
  • 12.
    I had always imagined that Cliché was a suburb of Paris, until I discovered it to be a street in Oxford.
    (Philip Guedalla (1889-1944), British author. "Some Historians," Supers and Supermen (1920).)
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  • 13.
    Suicide , moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Then in vol. I, ch. VII, of the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Narrator, in A Daughter of Eve (Une Fille d'Eve), published with Massimilla Doni, Souverain (1839), first appeared in Le Siècle (1838-1839).)
  • 14.
    Outside of Paris, there is no hope for the cultured.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659).)
  • 15.
    Paris is a mighty schoolmaster, a grand enlightener of the provincial intellect.
    (Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915), British writer. The Cloven Foot, ch. 4 (1879).)
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  • 16.
    If Paris lived now, and preferred beauty to power and riches, it would not be called his Judgment, but his Want of Judgment.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 60, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1787; in Greek mythology, the Judgment of Paris is the story of Paris's awarding the prize of beauty to the Goddess Aphrodite (over the Goddesses Hera and Pallas Athena) in return for the bribe of the fairest woman in the world, Helen.)
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  • 17.
    In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).)
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  • 18.
    Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.
    (Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French journalist, author. repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "Tourists in Paris," France-Observateur (Paris, 1957).)
  • 19.
    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 (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 3, A.E. Hotchner (1966). The words "a moveable feast" were used—on Hotchner's recommendation—as the title for Hemingway's posthumously published Paris memoirs. The above paragraph appeared as the book's epigraph.)
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  • 20.
    I am told that Duclos' book is not in vogue in Paris, and that it is being violently criticized, apparently because readers understand it; and being intelligible is no longer the fashion.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Apr. 15, 1751, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. III, pp. 160, 164, London (1774). This letter is translated from the French. The book was Considérations sur les moeurs de ce siècle by Charles Pinot Duclos (1704-1772), whose work Chesterfield admired.)
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