Jules Renard Quotations and Wise Words About Life, Writing, Success And other Subjects

Check out these popular quotations and wise words about love, life, writing, laziness and other topics by French author Jules Renard.


One of his more popular works is his 1894 book "lPoil de carotte" (translated as Carrot Head in English).

Hope you enjoy my selection below:


“Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.”

“If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.”

"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.”

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

“Failure is not our only punishment for laziness: there is also the success of others.”

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.”

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it”

“It is not how old you are, but how you are old.”

“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more”

“There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire.”

“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.”

“There are moments when everything goes well; don't be frightened, it won't last.”

“The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse”

“Look for the ridiculous in everything and you will find it.”

“We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it.”

“When the defects of others are perceived with so much clarity, it is because one possesses them oneself."

“Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.”

“The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.”

“Words are the small change of thought.”

“Certainly there are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.”

“I am not sincere, even when I say I am not.”

“An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.”

“Haughty, silent faces should not deceive us: these are the timid ones.”

“Socialism must come down from the brain and reach the heart.”

“I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.”

“The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead."

“The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.”

“Be modest! It is the kind of pride least likely to offend.”

“We are so happy to advise others that occasionally we even do it in their interest.”

“It astounds us to come upon other egoists, as though we alone had the right to be selfish, and to be filled with eagerness to live.”

“Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins.”

“We spend our lives talking about this mystery - our life.”

“It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.”

“Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock.”

“To have a horror of the bourgeois is bourgeois.”

"Don't tell a woman she's pretty; tell her there's no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you."

“A cold in the head causes less suffering than an idea.”

“A beautiful line of verse has twelve feet, and two wings.”

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it."

"Fame is a constant effort."

“The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”

“Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.”

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

“Paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it.”

“If I were to begin my life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more.”

“There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire.”

“Be modest! It is the kind of pride least likely to offend.”

“Posterity! Why should people be less stupid tomorrow than they are today?”

“If one were to build the house of happiness, the largest space would be the waiting room.”

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