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1. "Dissident state or company employees in the Congo could not easily write to Morel directly, for a cabinet noir, or censorship office, in Boma monitored their correspondence."
Author: Adam Hochschild
2. "Moins le blanc est intelligent, plus le noir lui paraît bête."
Author: André Gide
3. "I'm not Josh Brolin or Ryan Gosling. They're more noir than I."
Author: Anthony Mackie
4. "C'était ainsi que les Noirs parlaient du maire [noir] de Chicago, avec une familiarité et une affection normalement réversées à un parent. On voyait sa photo partout: chez le cordonnier et dans les salons de beauté; ou encore collée sur les poteaux des lampadaires depuis la dernière campagne; et jusque dans les vitrines des blanchisseurs coréens et des épiciers arabes, exposée en bonne place tel un totem protecteur. Cette photo me regardait à présent, du haut du mur de la boutique: une belle tête grisonnante, des sourcils et une moustache en broussaille, une étincelle dans les yeux."
Author: Barack Obama
5. "I guess what's most surprised me in most of the reviews is that they don't seem to get the noir story in the dream sequence, so they analyze it like a straight noir movie."
Author: Brian De Palma
6. "That's what noir feels like to me. It feels like some kind of recurring dream, with very strong archetypes operating. You know, the guilty girl being pursued, falling, all kinds of stuff that we see in our dreams all the time."
Author: Brian De Palma
7. "Les hibouxSous les ifs noirs qui les abritent,Les hiboux se tiennent rangés,Ainsi que des dieux étrangers,Dardant leur oeil rouge. Ils méditent.Sans remuer ils se tiendrontJusqu'à l'heure mélancoliqueOù, poussant le soleil oblique,Les ténèbres s'établiront.Leur attitude au sage enseigneQu'il faut en ce monde qu'il craigneLe tumulte et le mouvement,L'homme ivre d'une ombre qui passePorte toujours le châtimentD'avoir voulu changer de place."
Author: Charles Baudelaire
8. "Love them all," said Renoir. "That is the secret, young man. Love them all." The painter let go of his arm and shrugged. "Then, even if your paintings are shit, you will have loved them all."
Author: Christopher Moore
9. "I like a girl with a substantial bottom,' said Renoir, drawing in the air the size bottom he preferred."
Author: Christopher Moore
10. "'Paint only what you see,' his hero Millet had admonished.'Imagination is a burden to a painter,' Auguste Renoir had told him. 'Painters are craftsmen, not storytellers. Paint what you see.'Ah, but what they hadn't said, hadn't warned him about, was how much you could see."
Author: Christopher Moore
11. "In Greek tragedy, they fall from great heights. In noir, they fall from the curb."
Author: Dennis Lehane
12. "He has no talent at all, that boy! You, who are his friend, tell him, please, to give up painting.–--Manet to Monet, on Renoir---"
Author: Edouard Manet
13. "Ah! comme la neige a neigé!Ma vitre est un jardin de givre.Ah! comme la neige a neigé!Qu'est-ce que le spasme de vivreÀ la douleur que j'ai, que j'ai!Tous les étangs gisent gelés,Mon âme est noire: Où vis-je? Où vais-je?Tous ses espoirs gisent gelés:Je suis la nouvelle NorvègeD'où les blonds ciels s'en sont allés.Pleurez, oiseaux de février,Au sinistre frisson des choses,Pleurez, oiseaux de février,Pleurez mes pleurs, pleurez mes roses,Aux branches du genévrier.Ah! comme la neige a neigé!Ma vitre est un jardin de givre.Ah! comme la neige a neigé!Qu'est-ce que le spasme de vivreÀ tout l'ennui que j'ai, que j'ai!..."
Author: Émile Nelligan Soir D'hiver
14. "Mais il avait oublié l'inventaire, il ne voyait pas son empire, ces magasins crevant de richesses. Tout avait disparu, les victoires bruyantes d'hier, la fortune colossale de demain. D'un regard désespéré, il suivait Denise, et quand elle eut passé la porte, il n'y eut plus rien, la maison devint noire."
Author: Émile Zola
15. "I envied women with signature hair-dos, signature perfumes, signature sign-offs. Novelists who tell Vogue Magazine: "I can't live without my Smythson notebook, Pomegranate Noir cologne by Jo Malone and Frette sheets". In the grip of madness, materialism begins to look like an admirable belief system."
Author: Emma Forrest
16. "The hallmarks of the noir style are fear, guilt and loneliness, breakdown and despair, sexual obsession and social corruption, a sense that the world is controlled by, malignant forces preying on us, a rejection of happy endings and a preference for resolutions heavy with doom, but always redeemed by a breathtakingly vivid poetry of word (if the work was a novel or story) or image (if it was a movie). ("Introduction")"
Author: Francis M. Nevins
17. "We must not make exaggerated demand on critics, and particularly we must not expect that criticism can function as an exact science. Art is not scientific; why should criticism be?The main complaint against some critics--and a certain type of criticism--is that too seldom do they speak about cinema as such. The scenario of a film is the film; all films are not psychological.Every critic should take to heart Jean Renoir's remark, "All great art is abstract." He should learn to be aware of form, and to understand that certain artists, for example Dreyer or Von Sternberg, never sought to make a picture that resembled reality."
Author: François Truffaut
18. "I would find no value in the allegiance of a fool ready to give himself up to any old hag of Black Imagination who presented herself. I will accept your allegiance. For now. But if I ever decide you're useless, you are a dead man."To be killed by you is to be desired more than a life excluded from your service."(Redd and Sacrenoir)"
Author: Frank Beddor
19. "I grew up on the crime stuff. Spillane, Chandler, Jim Thompson, and noir movies like Fuller, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang. When I first showed up in New York to write comics back in the late 1970s, I came with a bunch of crime stories but everybody just wanted men in tights."
Author: Frank Miller
20. "You've turned to wood, he observed, "you've not only renounced life, your own interests and society's, your duty as a citizen and a human being, your friends (all the same you did have them), you've not only renounced any goal whatsoever apart from winning, but you've even renounced your memories. I remember you in an ardent and strong moment of your life; but I'm sure you've forgotten all your best impressions then; your dreams, your most essential desires at present don't go beyond pair and impair, rouge, noir, the twelve middle numbers, and so on, and so forth--I'm sure of it!"
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
21. "I think the original Matrix was really incredible. It was so original and it did so many innovative things with film. It was a much bigger film. Bound was just a smaller film. It was kind of like an old noir film."
Author: Gina Gershon
22. "Food is a necessary component to life. People can live without Renoir, Mozart, Gaudi, Beckett, but they cannot live without food."
Author: Grant Achatz
23. "I live in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. and spend time in the West Village, where my wife Elizabeth Cotnoir, a writer-producer and documentary filmmaker, has an office."
Author: Howard Shore
24. "Le rouge et le noir ne s'épousent-ils pas?"
Author: Jacques Brel
25. "Le cancreIl dit non avec la têteMais il dit oui avec le coeurIl dit oui à ce qu'il aimeIl dit non au professeurIl est deboutOn le questionneEt tous les problèmes sont posésSoudain le fou rire le prendEt il efface toutLes chiffres et les motsLes dates et les nomsLes phrases et les piègesEt malgré les menaces du maîtreSous les huées des enfants prodigesAvec des craies de toutes les couleursSur le tableau noir du malheurIl dessine le visage du bonheur"
Author: Jacques Prévert
26. "Et voilà, mon passé n'est plus qu'un trou énorme. Mon présent: cette bonne au corsage noir qui rêve près du comptoir, ce petit bonhomme. Tout ce que je sais de ma vie, il me semble que je l'ai appris dans des livres."
Author: Jean Paul Sartre
27. "I got into reading a lot of noir and a lot of thrillers as well, and I really admired the plotting about those and the way that they can surprise you. And obviously to surprise people and to have twists in the tale, you have to plan quite carefully."
Author: Joe Abercrombie
28. "Les mauvaises langues ont l'habitude de voir leurs cobayes tout en noir ou tout en blanc et de leur attribuer des défauts ou des mobiles que le style sténographique de la conversation peut aisément suggérer."
Author: John Le Carré
29. "In narrative cinema, a certain terminology has already been established: 'film noir,' 'Western,' even 'Spaghetti Western.' When we say 'film noir' we know what we are talking about. But in non-narrative cinema, we are a little bit lost. So sometimes, the only way to make us understand what we are talking about is to use the term 'avant-garde.'"
Author: Jonas Mekas
30. "Mais surtout, surtout Jonathan, un matin où passait le facteur, un petit matin gros et froid, un matin où il ouvrait sa grande sacoche jaune et pleine; soufflant de la buée en cherchant le courrier, j'ai ressenti un frisson qui a couru tout mon corps et m'a effarée. Un frisson qui m'a gelée sur place, un frisson qui s'est transformé en éclair et m'a foudroyé la nuque : j'ai compris que j'attendais vos lettres, j'attendais vos mots, j'attendais vos descriptions d'auberges, de routes, de famille française, de soupe au chou...J'étais en train de vous attendre.J'allais donc souffrir de vous.Et je ne veux plus souffrir Jonathan.En ce mois de décembre, j'ai couru à Paris, j'ai couru dans Fécamps, j'ai couru dans ma maison, j'ai couru dans la librairie pour me sauver de vous, vous abandonner sur vos petites routes aux arbres secs et noirs.J'avais peur"
Author: Katherine Pancol
31. "Depuis, elle pleurait des baignoires."
Author: Katherine Pancol
32. "Then he recalled whose daughter she was, and wondered why he wondered.Then he recalled who it was who had a child.A child, Noirot had a child!"
Author: Loretta Chase
33. "Il faut avant tout chasser et détruire cette crainte de l'Achéron ( le fleuve des enfers ) qui, pénétrant jusqu'au fond de notre être, empoisonne la vie humaine, colore toute chose de la noirceur de la mort et ne laisse subsister aucun plaisir limpide et pur."
Author: Lucretius
34. "(All those paintings of women, in art galleries, surprised at private moments. Nymph Sleeping. Susanna and the Elders. Woman bathing, one foot in a tin tub - Renoir, or was it Degas? both, both women plump. Diana and her maidens, a moment before they catch the hunter's prying eyes. Never any paintings called Man Washing Socks in Sink.)"
Author: Margaret Atwood
35. "À vivre trop longtemps avec un bunker à la place du cœur, on s'habitue à la noirceur."
Author: Mathias Malzieu
36. "Pannica, grasejujac, odspiewala slodko, aczkolwiek z chrypka w glosie, cos niezupelnie zrozumialego, ale sadzac po twarzach kobiet na widowni, musialo to byc cos nader necacego:-Guerlain, Mitsuko, Narcisse Noir, Chanel numer piec, suknie wieczorowe, suknie koktajlowe..."
Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
37. "All real estate agents should be put on a decommissioned naval frigate which is then towed out into the deepest part of the Atlantic and sunk. It's rather unfortunate that, in recent years, real estate agents have become comedy betes-noires. Rather like lawyers or used car salesmen. Every time they mention their job they probably get people amusingly making the sign of the cross at them or are subjected to some good-natured, humorous ribbing. This has the effect of distorting what I'm trying to say here, which isn't in the nature of a smiling roll of the eyes and a "Tsk, real estate agents, eh?" but rather "All real estate agents should be put on a decommissioned naval frigate which is then towed out into the deepest part of the Atlantic and sunk."
Author: Mil Millington
38. "Pleasure, pleasure, pleasure! Always your goal is pleasure. Pain, yes of course! Yet pain must only be used as a means to add to your sub's sensation of pleasure. To do otherwise is un péché noir - a black sin. Such will tarnish the soul. André Chevalier"
Author: Nikki Sex
39. "It's a noir world. Unfair things happen."
Author: Rob Thomas
40. "I decided to coin the term 'cosy crime noir' for Brighton Belle. That is 'cosy crime' for today's sensibilities because there is that slightly edgy element to it."
Author: Sara Sheridan
41. "I pity those born of the lighter side. They have no understanding of how seductive cruelty is. The music made out of screams and pleas for mercy. Mmmm. Nothing better. (Noir)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
42. "I want you to show him to Zeth and the rest of the Olympian dogs who fight for us. (Noir)Anything else, Master? Lick your boots? Wipe your ass? (Asmodeus)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
43. "You are so fierce," she whispered. Yet for her. hebled. He, who'd sworn he wouldn't cross Noir, had done so. Not just because Noir had threatened him. She didn't believe that. From the very beginning, he'd protected her in a way few people had. Jericho hated the world, yet he'd been her self-appointed guardian."
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
44. "I can't believe I was ever stupid enough to trust Noir. Come to the dark side. We have cookies. (Zeth)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
45. "I told you not to piss off Noir. One day you're going to listen to me. (Asmodeus)Why start now? (Jaden)Ah, you're right. Bled so much now, it doesn't really matter, does it? (Asmodeus)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
46. "It's tucked away in a quiet corner, shadowed and obscured, no part of the Nightside's usual bright gaudy neon noir. It doesn't advertise and it doesn't care if you habitually pass by on the other side. It's just there for when you need it. Dedicated to the patron saint of lost causes, St. Jude's is an old old place... St. Jude's isn't a place for comfort for frills and fancies and the trappings of religion. just a place where you can talk to your god and sometimes get an answer."
Author: Simon R. Green
47. "Et dans mon kiosque d'aiguilles qui procure une illusion de chaleur, je regarde le puits noir du lac. La masse de glace m'apparait comme un creuset cauchemardesque. Je perçois la force à l'oeuvre sous ce couvercle. Dans le caveau, un univers grouille de bêtes qui broient, dévorent et sectionnent. Dans les profondeurs, des éponges balancent lentement leurs branches. Des coquillages enroulent leurs spires, battant la mesure du temps et créent des bijoux de nacre en forme de constellation. Des silures monstrueux rôdent dans les vasières. Des poissons carnassiers migrent vers la surface pour le festin nocturne et les holocaustes de crustacés. Des bancs d'ombles tracent leurs chorégraphies benthiques. Des bactéries barattent les scories, les digèrent, purifient l'eau. Ce morne malaxage s'opère en silence, sous le miroir où les étoiles n'ont même pas la force de se refléter."
Author: Sylvain Tesson
48. "Heureuse ! Qu'est-ce que cela signifiait ? C'était tout juste un mot commode pour ceux qui veulement que la vie soit uniformément blanche ou noire, pour ces petites gens perdus dans la jungle humaine et qui cherchent à se rassurer par une formule"
Author: Vita Sackville West
49. "Rupert Murdoch accepta d'écouter la vision que Jobs avait de Fox News, une chaîne que le P-DG d'Apple considérait comme destructrice pour la nation et dangereuse pour la réputation de son patron. « Vous vous plantez avec Fox News, lui dit-il au cours du dîner. Il n'y a plus d'un côté les libéraux et de l'autre les conservateurs, la ligne de partage dans le pays, c'est entre ceux qui sont constructifs et les destructeurs, et vous avez soutenu à l'antenne assez de personnes destructrices comme ça. La Fox est devenue une force noire dans notre société. Il faut redresser la barre, car si vous n'y prenez pas garde, ce sera votre seul legs aux générations futures. »"
Author: Walter Isaacson
50. "Robert Pattinson has the face of a film-noir dupe. It's a face that is searching and open and kind. It's a face that a certain type of woman might want to fool because, in its intensely old-fashioned kindness, the face says, I love you. Fool me."
Author: Wesley Morris

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