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Jean Genet Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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Violence is a calm that disturbs you.
- Jean Genet

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

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

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

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

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

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed) PHOTO

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde PHOTO

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot PHOTO

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln PHOTO

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.
- the movie Braveheart

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day,
teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
- Chinese Proverb

Intent is what can make a man succeed
when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated.
- Carlos Castaneda

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
- Seneca

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A great secret of success is to go through life
as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

A man is a success if he gets up in
the morning and gets to bed at night,
and in between he does what he wants to do.
- Bob Dylan

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln


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