Great Throughts Treasury

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Tristan Bernard, born Paul Bernard

French Playwright, Novelist, Journalist and Lawyer

"Men are always sincere. They change sincerities, that's all."

"Your actions, in passing, pass not away, for every good work is a gain of seed for eternal life."

"In the theatre the audience wants to be surprised - but by things that they expect."

"God created the world, but it is the devil who keeps it going."

"To be happy with human beings, we should not ask them for what they cannot give"

"To live happily with other people, ask of them only what they can give."

"When we are not rich enough to be able to purchase happiness, we must not approach too near and gaze on it in shop windows."

"Men give their confidence at once, but never their money."

"Men are always sincere. They change sincerity, that's all!"

"Borrow money from pessimists. They know they won't get the money back in advance."

"The highest degree of optimism is to go to a restaurant hoping to find a pearl in oysters in order to pay the bill."

"Wearing a hat confers undeniable authority over those without one."