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Jean Giraudoux
1882 - 1944

French poet, novelist and playwright, author of Tiger at the Gates (1935), Madwoman of Chaillot (1945) and other works

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.

There's a kind of permission for war which can be given only by the world's mood and atmosphere, the feel of its pulse. It would be madness to undertake a war without that permission.

1935 - from Tiger at the Gates