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1. "Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent. They might be saying the same thing here but it sounds better in French."
Author: Alan Jay Lerner
2. "French Yemeni relations are strong and good, they are relations depending on friendship and cooperation; my relationship with the president Chiraq are old and real."
Author: Ali Abdullah Saleh
3. "Although he thinks he's awesome at them, Andrew really sucks at languages. Once, he tried to speak French to this woman who owned the C'est La Vie bakery back home, and she gave him a cookie because she thought he was mentally challenged. (Page 21)"
Author: Alicia Thompson
4. "Columbia University, where I went to study in 1993, insisted its undergraduates learn a foreign language, so I discovered French."
Author: Aravind Adiga
5. "They're very nationalistic the French - or they used to be. Very insular. Pretty arrogant."
Author: Arthur Boyd
6. "Speaking the French culture is so much easier on the palate than speaking the language. It makes you sophisticated to talk with your mouth full."
Author: Bauvard
7. "Why not? Give me one good reason why we shouldn't get married."Because trying to fuck you is like trying to french-kiss a very.... small and... lively gerbil? With braces?"
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
8. "French fries. I love them. Some people are chocolate and sweets people. I love French fries. That and caviar."
Author: Cameron Diaz
9. "The English was really my mother, it was never me. Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French."
Author: Charlotte Gainsbourg
10. "During the First World War, I told her, Hitler had been a runner, delivering messages between the German trenches, and he was disgusted by seeing his fellow soldiers visit French brothels. To keep the Aryan bloodlines pure,and prevent the spread of venereal disease, he commissioned an inflatable doll that Nazi troops could take into battle. Hitler himself designed the dolls to have blond hair and large breasts. The Allied firebombing of Dresden destroyed the factory before the dolls could ever go into wide distribution."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
11. "We found a table. Nora said: "She's pretty.""If you like them like that."She grinned at me. "You got types?""Only you, darling - lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.""And how about the red-head you wandered off with at Quinns' last night?""That's silly," I said. "She just wanted to show me some French etchings."
Author: Dashiell Hammett
12. "They were mostly French, a few Arabs, and despite their uniforms they didn't look very important any more. Later I learned that if you watch men die, especially if you've known them at all, they still look important afterward no matter what you have to do with them, but I was inexperienced then."
Author: Douglas Woolf
13. "..bid her beware of French principles, which had led the French to cut off their king's and queen's heads."
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
14. "At that moment of realization I knew that I had been blind because I had wished not to see; it was only then that I realised, at last, that all these dead men, French and Germans, were brothers, and I was the brother of them all."
Author: Ernst Toller
15. "My father is Swedish and my mother is French."
Author: Eva Green
16. "It's only because I feel like such a philistine spending all that time in hair and makeup that I started to knit. I used to spend that time studying Italian and French. Then after I had two kids, my brain turned to mush and I took up knitting."
Author: Felicity Huffman
17. "I am attached to the French language. I will defend the ubiquitous use of French."
Author: Francois Hollande
18. "The silly sentimentalists of the French Revolution talked of the Rights of Man! We hate Rights as we hate Wrongs. We have abolished Right and Wrong.And Right and Left, said Syme with a simple eagerness, I hope you will abolish them too. They are much more troublesome to me."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
19. "The French have a new president, the British will soon have a new P.M., and we envy them as we endure the endless wait for this small dim man to go back to Texas and resume his life."
Author: Garrison Keillor
20. "Many in America, as one social historian wrote, 'believed implicitly that New York's social leaders went to bed in full evening dress, brushed their teeth in vintage champagne, married their daughters without exception to shady French counts, and arrayed their poodle dogs in diamond tiaras.'..."
Author: Greg King
21. "I would rather do really good French films than 'American Pie.'"
Author: Guillaume Canet
22. "But the French writers always had more originality and independence than others, and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion, long since ceased to exist for them."
Author: Henryk Sienkiewicz
23. "Excellent, I think I see a few veela cousins," said George, craning his neck for a better look. "They'll need help understanding our English customs, I'll look after them. . . .""Not so fast, Your Holeyness," said Fred, and darting past the gaggle of middle-aged witches heading the procession, he said, "Here — permettez-moi to assister vous," to a pair of pretty French girls, who giggled and allowed him to escort them inside. George was left to deal with the middle-aged witches."
Author: J.K. Rowling
24. "My mother likes what I cook, but doesn't think it's French. My wife is Puerto Rican and Cuban, so I eat rice and beans. We have a place in Mexico, but people think I'm the quintessential French chef."
Author: Jacques Pepin
25. "He was guillotined in the French Revolution, and he said he'd keep blinking his eyes after his head was off, for as long as he had consciousness. He blinked seventeen times. That's a scientist," Gill said."
Author: Jo Walton
26. "It must take a lot of self-discipline,' she said.'Oh, I don't know. I don't have much.' He felt himself about to say again, and unable to resist saying, that 'Dumas, I think it was Dumas, some terrifically prolific Frenchman, said that writing novels is a simple matter - if you write one page a day, you'll write one novel a year, two pages a day, two novels a year, three pages, three novels, and so on. And how long does it take to cover a page with writing? Twenty minutes? An hour? So you see. Very easy really.' ("Novelty")'I don't know,' she said, laughing. 'I can't even bring myself to write a letter.''Oh, now that's hard."
Author: John Crowley
27. "Pray don't hold back," Robert said politely. "You can tell me what you really think of my valet." Stewart broke in to a reluctant grin."Sorry fer bein' so forward, sir, but that valet o' yers is nothin' but a Frenchified piece o' lace."
Author: Karen Hawkins
28. "Logos and branding are so important. In a big part of the world, people cannot read French or English--but are great in remembering signs"
Author: Karl Lagerfeld
29. "Although the French were very friendly and helpful. On one location we were to film at the top of the Eiffel Tower but we couldn't, as it was so misty with four inches of snow on the ground. We couldn't see a thing but we finally got it done."
Author: Lalla Ward
30. "I know historians aren't supposed to fall in love with their own theories, but I was head over heels about the notion of an entire band of female French agents, like a nineteenth-century Charlie's Angels. Only better. It made the Pink Carnation's organization look positively humdrum."
Author: Lauren Willig
31. "How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question."
Author: Lytton Strachey
32. "All it takes," said Crake, "is the elimination of one generation. One generation of anything. Beetles, trees, microbes, scientists, speakers of French, whatever. Break the link in time between one generation and the next, and it's game over forever."
Author: Margaret Atwood
33. "I never thought that I would have to play an Indian, well half French, but an Indian woman in my life."
Author: Marion Cotillard
34. "Stalin gothic was not so much an architectural style as a form of worship. Elements of Greek, French, Chinese and Italian masterpieces had been thrown into the barbarian wagon and carted to Moscow and the Master Builder Himself, who had piled them one on the other into the cement towers and blazing torches of His rule, monstrous skyscrapers of ominous windows, mysterious crenellations and dizzying towers that led to the clouds, and yet still more rising spires surmounted by ruby stars that at night glowed like His eyes. After His death, His creations were more embarrassment than menace, too big for burial with Him, so they stood, one to each part of town, great brooding, semi-Oriental temples, not exorcised but used."
Author: Martin Cruz Smith
35. "My mother is French, my father is Texan."
Author: Mireille Enos
36. "From the sea came a boat with some Israeli commando soldiers who took me by the commando boat to the yacht and put me on the yacht. In the yacht I asked people, who are you. And they said we are Israelis, French and British."
Author: Mordechai Vanunu
37. "She turned her painted blue eyes toward the assistant and said something in French before she left."
Author: Nancy B. Brewer
38. "Never listen to a leftist who does not give away his fortune or does not live the exact lifestyle he wants others to follow. What the French call "the caviar left," la gauche caviar, or what Anglo-Saxons call champagne socialists, are people who advocate socialism, sometimes even communism, or some political system with sumptuary limitations, while overtly leading a lavish lifestyle, often financed by inheritance—not realizing the contradiction that they want others to avoid just such a lifestyle. It is not too different from the womanizing popes, such as John XII, or the Borgias. The contradiction can exceed the ludicrous as with French president François Mitterrand of France who, coming in on a socialist platform, emulated the pomp of French monarchs. Even more ironic, his traditional archenemy, the conservative General de Gaulle, led a life of old-style austerity and had his wife sew his socks."
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
39. "It made me comfortable. It was a house where you could put your feet up and drink French champagne or Ballarat Bitter according to your mood."
Author: Peter Carey
40. "One dictionary defines denouement as "a final part in which everything is made clear and no questions or surprises remain." By that definition, it is exactly the wrong word to describe this chapter. This chapter will make nothing clear; it will raise many questions; and it may even contain a surprise or two. But I say we call it the denouement anyway because the words sounds so sophisticated and French."
Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
41. "When Winston Churchill wanted to rally the nation in 1940, it was to Anglo-Saxon that he turned: "We shall fight on the beaches; we shall fight on the landing grounds; we shall fight in the fields and the streets; we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." All these stirring words came from Old English as spoken in the year 1000, with the exception of the last one, surrender, a French import that came with the Normans in 1066--and when man set foot on the moon in 1969, the first human words spoken had similar echoes: "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Each of Armstrong's famous words was part of Old English by the year 1000."
Author: Robert Lacey
42. "If we had known it would eventually involve the KGB, the French National Police, and the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, we would have left that body in the river and called the Polizei like any normal German citizen; but we were Americans and addicted to solving other people's problems, so naturally, we got involved."
Author: Rosanne Parry
43. "She was a French rose growing wild amid the hothouse flowers of London."
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
44. "Let us work toward greater cooperation with all Caribbean Countries, whether we speak English, Dutch, French or Spanish, whether we are independent or not, and whether we be island or continental territories."
Author: Said Musa
45. "He blushed to see other Frenchmen overcome with joy whenever they met a compatriot abroad. The would fall on each other, cluster in a raucous group, and pass whole evenings complaining about the barbarity of the locals. These were the few who actually noticed that locals did things differently. Others managed to travel so ‘covered and wrapped in a taciturn and incommunicative prudence, defending themselves from the contagion of an unknown atmosphere' that they noticed nothing at all."
Author: Sarah Bakewell
46. "He was old-fashioned looking, Grace decided. Not just the suit, which made him look as though he should be taking the air in one of those fifties movies on the French Riviera, but as if he was the second male lead in one of those same films. Not matinee-idol handsome enough to get the girl, but good enough to be the best friend of the one who got the girl. Or the arch nemesis of the one who got the girl who had his comeuppance ten minutes before the credits began to roll."
Author: Sarra Manning
47. "Tea, late dinners and the French Revolution. I cannot exactly see the connection of ideas."
Author: Thomas Love Peacock
48. "I've never gone for the smooth, suave Latin or French lover. That usually makes me think they're trying to pull one over on me."
Author: Tricia Helfer
49. "Russell piped in singing, "Four pounds of back bacon, three French toasts, two turtlenecks, and a beer…." He leaned his body over Ellis. On the last line, Rob joined him. "…in a tree!" They stopped, and Russell asked, "How does the beer stay in the tree? Wouldn't it fall out?"
Author: Wade Kelly
50. "The dirty Arab children sold peanuts from the top of the basket and hashish from the bottom. They spoke a masterful unintimidated French in guttural gasps, coming from a land where it was regarded neither as the most beautiful language, as in America, nor the only one, as in France."
Author: William Gaddis

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