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Repudiating the virtues of your world,
by Jean Genet

Repudiating the virtues of your world,
criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe.
They agree to live in it.
The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.
- Jean Genet

Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal
knows nothing about ecstasy at all.
- Jean Genet

Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth,
would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.
- Jean Genet

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their
conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
- Jean Genet

 

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur,
and dreaming is nursed in darkness.
- Jean Genet

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers,
in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty -
a sunken beauty.
- Jean Genet

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's
also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
- Jean Genet

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To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.
- Jean Genet

Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of
suicide if he hadn't had an audience,
and lines to speak?
- Jean Genet

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history.
The same is true of man.
- Jean Genet

I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.
- Jean Genet

Violence is a calm that disturbs you.
- Jean Genet

What we need is hatred.
From it our ideas are born.
- Jean Genet

I'm homosexual...
How and why are idle questions.
It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
- Jean Genet

Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.
- Jean Genet

The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man...
not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
- Jean Genet

A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame,
invisibility and four centuries of humiliation.
But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze,
friendly, almost gentle.
- Jean Genet

What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred
of the white American for the black,
a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country,
when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.
- Jean Genet

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
- Clare Boothe Luce

One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

When women love us, they forgive us everything,
even our crimes; when they do not love us,
they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
- Honore de Balzac

It has been my experience that folks who
have no vices, have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln

The home is the chief school of human virtues.
- William Ellery Channing

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues:
always insist on it in your subordinates.
- Don Marquis

Virtues are acquired through endeavor,
which rests wholly upon yourself.
- Sidney Lanier

He has all of the virtues I dislike,
and none of the vices I admire.
- Winston Churchill

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
- Sydney Smith

Virtues are acquired through endeavor,
Which rests wholly upon yourself.
So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
- Thomas Paine

If, when you charged a person with his faults,
you credited him with his virtues too,
you would probably like everybody.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
- Michel de Montaigne

Though ambition in itself is a vice,
yet it is often the parent of virtues.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work.
But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another.
- Sargent Shriver

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues,
that we touch each other, and find sympathy.
It is in our follies that we are one.
- Jerome K. Jerome

One should judge a man mainly from his depravities.
Virtues can be faked.
Depravities are real.
- Klaus Kinski

Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
- Charles Dickens

Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes
attractive virtues for attractive vices,
he will fail.
- Walter Lippmann

So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one's own efforts.
- Nagarjuna

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
- Aristotle

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you
never committed and when you're older you begin to
get credit for virtues you never possessed.
It evens itself out.
- Casey Stengel

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.
- John Locke

I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds;
who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.
- David Mallet

Suffering!
We owe to it all that is good in us,
all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity,
we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
- Anatole France

Washington's character was rock solid.
He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues,
which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice.
- Stephen Ambrose

Christian virtues unite men.
Racism separates them.
- Sargent Shriver

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the
virtues of our associates.
- Denis Diderot

Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
- Bertolt Brecht

The three chief virtues of a programmer are:
Laziness,
Impatience and Hubris.
- Larry Wall

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices
as well as of the greatest virtues.
- Rene Descartes

Great necessities call out great virtues.
- Abigail Adams

Conquest is the missionary of valor,
and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
- Walter Bagehot

In every age poets and social reformers have tried
to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler
life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
- Alfred Marshall

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
- Kong Fu Zi

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Manners are like the shadows of virtues,
they are the momentary display of those qualities which
our fellow creatures love and respect.
- Sydney Smith

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.
- Juvenal

Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues.
- John Keegan

We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues
of those who are opposed to us.
- Francis John McConnell

Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad;
and they are always afraid of the virtues of others.
- Sallust

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Tact is one of the first mental virtues,
the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.
- William Gilmore Simms

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
- Joseph Addison

One of the virtues of being very young is that you
don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
- Sam Levenson

It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues
do not result from the exercise of it's own reason.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
- Thomas Hobbes

Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously
valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans,
but also the world in general.
- Martin Yan

Bodies which contain a greater proportion of water
than is necessary to balance the other elements,
are speedily corrupted, and lose their virtues and properties.
- Marcus V. Pollio


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