Jean Giraudoux


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Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (29 October 1882 – 31 January 1944) was a French novelist, essayist, diplomat and playwright. He is considered among the most important French dramatists of the period between World War I and World War II. His work is noted for its stylistic elegance and poetic fantasy. Giraudoux's dominant theme is the relationship between man and woman—or in some cases, between man and ... more »

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  • ''Is a park any better than a coal mine? What's a mountain got that a slag pile hasn't? What would you rather have in your garden—an almond tree or an oil well?''
    Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944), French diplomat, author. A prospector, in The Madwoman of Chaillot, act 1.
  • ''I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts. That would solve the entire problem of management.''
    Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944), French author, diplomat. The President, in The Madwoman of Chaillot, act 1 (1945).
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