Guy de Maupassant was born 5 August 1850, and died 6 July 1893.
- Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
- There is only one good thing in life, and that is love. And how you misunderstand it! How you spoil it! You treat it as something solemn like a sacrament, or something to be bought, like a dress.
- I have come to the conclusion that the bed comprehends our whole life; for we were born in it, we live in it, and we shall die in it.
- Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck.
- It is better to be unhappy in love than unhappy in marriage, but some people manage to be both.
- Solitude is dangerous for active minds. We need men who can think and can talk, around us. When we are alone for a long time, we people space with phantoms.
- Love always has its price, come whence it may.
- The great artists are those who impose their personal vision upon humanity.
- There are in France some fifty thousand young men of good birth and fairly well off who are encouraged to live a life of complete idleness. They must either cease to exist or must come to see that there can be no happiness, no health even, without regular daily labour of some sort.
- Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.
Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. He wrote more than 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of poetry.
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