Jules Renard

22 Feb 1864 // 22 May 1910
Author / Dramatist


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It is not how old you are, but how you are old
It doesn't pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke, Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he'll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn't say
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right
I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't
I am not sincere, even when I say I am not
Fame is a constant effort
Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it
Don't tell a woman she's pretty; tell her there's no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."