So, tonight I spend two hours looking for quotes t…


So, tonight I spend two hours looking for quotes to match all of my chapters so far. I don’t know if it was a wise thing to do, but it is done. Here they are, by chapter – total of 907 words… I am behind.

(1) I find [the French] a most amiable nation to live with. – Benjamin Franklin

(2) You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden. – Allen Ginsberg

(3) Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair – in America they end it. -“The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem”

(4) The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

(5) The Frenchman, by nature, is sensuous and sensitive. He has intelligence, which makes him tired of life sooner than other kinds of men. He is not athletic: he sees the futility of the pursuit of fame; the climate at times depresses him… -Anais Nin

(6) A French traveler with a sore throat is a wonderful thing to behold, but it takes more than tonsillitis to prevent a Frenchman from boasting. – Paul Theroux

(7) Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philtre, it is also the leisurely act of drinking. -Roland Barthes

(8) From Nice to Boulogne I was deeply struck with the magnificent order and method and decency and prosperity of France–with the felicity of ‘manner’ in all things–the completeness of form. – Henry James

(9) Boy, those French – they have a different word for everything. – Steve Martin

(10) The French probably invented the very notion of discretion. It’s not that they feel that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, they feel that what you don’t know won’t hurt them. To the French lying is simply talking. – Fran Lebowitz

(11) France is not an enemy whom I despise, nor does it deserve I should. – Duke of Wellington

(12) Paris is always a good idea -The movie “Sabrina”

(13) France is the most civilized country in the world and doesn’t care who knows it. – John Gunther

An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one. – George Mikes (How To Be An Alien, 1946)

(14) The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction. On either side it is pride, but understood in a different way. – Tocqueville

(15) Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs -everything is a pretext for a good dinner. -Jean Anouilh

(16) In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language. – Mark Twain

(17) I like Frenchmen very much, because even when they insult you they do it so nicely. – Josephine Baker

(18) An American is a man with two arms and four wheels. -A Chinese child

(19) Frenchmen are like gunpowder, each by itself smutty and contemptible, but mass them together and they are terrible indeed! -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(20) There is neither rhythm nor melody in French music… French singing is endless squawking, unbearable to the unbiased ear… And so I deduce that the French have no music and cannot have any music – and if they ever have, more’s the pity for them. – Rousseau

(21) I sometimes think that the saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities – a sense of humor and a sense of proportion. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

(22) Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? – Clarence Darrow

(22) February Door – The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. – Hubert H. Humphrey

(23) The three most beautiful words in the English language are not “I love you.” They are: “It is benign.” – Woody Allen

(24) Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees—nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train? -Margaret Anderson

(25) “France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes.” —Mark Twain

(26) The French language tends to rhetoric, as the English to imagery thereby marking a profound difference between the two peoples… – W. Somerset Maugham

(27) There’s no place like home – Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)

(28) England and America are two countries separated by a common language.

George Bernard Shaw

(29) America is my country and Paris is my hometown. – Gertrude Stein


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