Jean Anouilh

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Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh (23 June 1910 – 3 October 1987) was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles' classical drama, that was seen as an attack on Marshal Pétain's Vichy government. One of France's most prolific writers after World War II, ... more »

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  • ''An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.''
    Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Antigone, in Antigone.
  • Poor little men, poor little cocks! As soon as they're old enough, they swell their plumage to be conquerors.... If they only knew that it's enough to be just a little bit wounded and sad in order to ...
    Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Araminthe, in Cécile.
  • ''To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying.''
    Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Creon, in Antigone.
  • ''One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.''
    Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Le Chevalier, in Cécile.
  • ''It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.''
    Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Le Générale, in Ardèle, act 1.
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