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.
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.
Cities are the sinks of the human race.
The universe was born restless and has never since been still.
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 more humanity owes the poor man, the more society denies him.
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.
We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in themodern style. (to Pablo Picasso)
I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour.
Hatred as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
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.
The landscapist lives in silence.
From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live.
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.
It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.
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.
If a king tries to start a war, a mother should go to him and forbid it.
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