When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself "Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!"
It is often said that my heart is too open for my own good.
I have always believed that good is only beauty put into practice.
God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
Cities are the sinks of the human race.
I felt before I thought
The first man to fence in a piece of land, saying "this is mine" and who found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
The universe was born restless and has never since been still.
Politeness requires this thing; decorum that; ceremony has its forms, and fashion its laws, and these must always follow, never the promptings of our own nature.
Nature's instructions are always slow; those of men are generally premature.
The interest and the feelings are not due to colors; the lines of a painting that move us move us even more in a print.
The more humanity owes the poor man, the more society denies him.
Hatred as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
If a king tries to start a war, a mother should go to him and forbid it.
I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour.
The severity of penalties is only a vain resource, invented by little minds in order to substitute terror for that respect which they have no means of obtaining.
If it is reason that forms man then it is the emotions that guide her.
We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in themodern style. (to Pablo Picasso)
The principal problem I had during the five years I ran the Caisse - and I bet you that it will be the same problem for my successor - is the retention, recruitment and training of competent personnel.
Little privations are easily endured when the heart is better treated than the body.
Luxury... corrupts at once rich and poor, the rich by possession and the poor by covetousness.
The passage from the state of nature to the civil state produces a very remarkable change in man, by substituting justice for instinct in his conduct.
The happiest is he who suffers the least pain; the most miserable, he who enjoys the least pleasure.
The landscapist lives in silence.
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