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date: 22 October 2018


  1. Everything ends this way in France. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, affairs of state—everything is a pretext for a good dinner.
    Jean Anouilh 1910–87 French dramatist: Cécile (1951)
  2. France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams.
    Thomas Carlyle 1795–1881 Scottish historian and political philosopher: History of the French Revolution (1837) vol. 3, bk. 7, ch. 7
  3. France is the only place where you can make love in the afternoon without people hammering on your door.
    Barbara Cartland 1901–2000 English writer: in Guardian 24 December 1984
  4. How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
    Charles de Gaulle 1890–1970 French soldier and statesman, President of France 1959–69: Ernest Mignon Les Mots du Général (1962)
  5. The last time I saw Paris
    Her heart was warm and gay,
    I heard the laughter of her heart in ev'ry street café.
    Oscar Hammerstein II 1895–1960 American songwriter: ‘The Last Time I saw Paris’ (1941 song)
  6. Paris is a movable feast.
    Ernest Hemingway 1899–1961 American novelist: A Movable Feast (1964) epigraph
  7. Yet, who can help loving the land that has taught us
    Six hundred and eighty-five ways to dress eggs?
    Thomas Moore 1779–1852 Irish musician and songwriter: The Fudge Family in Paris (1818)
  8. France has more need of me than I have need of France.
    Napoleon I 1769–1821 French monarch, emperor 1804–15: speech to the Corps Législatif, Paris, 31 December 1813
  9. They order, said I, this matter better in France.
    Laurence Sterne 1713–68 English novelist: A Sentimental Journey (1768) opening words
  10. If the French noblesse had been capable of playing cricket with their peasants, their chateaux would never have been burnt.
    G. M. Trevelyan 1876–1962 English historian: English Social History (1942) ch.8