Georges Bernanos

(1888-1948 / Paris)

Georges Bernanos Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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 their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!''
    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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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