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    I love Germany so dearly that I hope there will always be two of them.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: hope 
     
    Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.
    — Francois Mauriac
    What I fear is not being forgotten after my death, but, rather, not being enough forgotten. As we were saying, it is not our books that survive, but our poor lives that linger in the histories.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: death  fear  live  poor  saying  book 
     
    Every novel worthy of the name is like another planet, whether large or small, which has its own laws just as it has its own flora and fauna.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: law  novel 
     
    I write whenever it suits me. During a creative period I write every day; a novel should not be interrupted. When I cease to be carried along, when I no longer feel as though I were taking down dictation, I stop.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: novel  write  creative 
     
    The temples of those who deny the Real Presence are like corpses. The Lord was taken away and we do not know where they have laid Him.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: real 
     
    The Eucharist engages us unreservedly; it is a pact of love, an alliance signed in the deeper recesses of our being. All our potentialities are called upon to warrant the protection and fulfillment of this pact.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: protection 
     
    The grandeur of man lies in song, not in thought.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: men  thoughts  lies  song 
     
    God does not answer our desperate questionings; he simply gives us himself.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: god 
     
    The scapegoat has always had the mysterious power of unleashing man's ferocious pleasure in torturing, corrupting, and befouling.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: power  pleasure 
     
    Men resemble great deserted palaces: the owner occupies only a few rooms and has closed-off wings where he never ventures.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: men  wings 
     
    The man who partakes in the breaking of the bread dares to build his house on the very core of love. He becomes, as it were, Godlike, but regardless of the strength he derives from it, his free will remains. We are always free to disown this immense grace, to abuse it. The Greatest Love may be betrayed. Fed on the Living Bread, we nevertheless conceal a part of ourselves which longs for swine's food.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: men  living  food  grace  abuse  strength 
     
    This God who, as the psalmist said, built His tabernacles in the sun, now establishes Himself in the very core of the flesh and the blood.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: blood  god 
     
    There is no accident in our choice of reading. All our sources are related.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: choice  reading 
     
    A cemetery saddens us because it is the only place of the world in which we do not meet our dead again.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: world 
     
    Human love is often but the encounter of two weaknesses.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: human  weakness 
     
    If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: men  heart  read 
     
    Doubt is nothing but a trivial agitation on the surface of the soul, while deep down there is a calm certainty.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: soul  doubt 
     
    That is the mystery of grace: it never comes too late.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: mystery 
     
    We are, all of us, molded and remolded by those who have loved us, and though that love may pass, we remain none the less their work-a work that very likely they do not recognize, and which is never exactly what they intended.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: work 
     
    No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: friendship  forever  path 
     
    Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: true  read 
     
    If the flame inside you goes out, the souls that are next to you will die of cold.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: soul  die 
     
    To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: miracle 
     
    A writer is essentially a man who does not resign himself to loneliness.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: men  loneliness 
     
    I love Germany so much I'm glad there are two of them.
    — Francois Mauriac
    I believe that only poetry counts ... A great novelist is first of all a great poet.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: believe  poetry  poet 
     
    We know well only what we are deprived of.
    — Francois Mauriac
    The arrogance of poets is only a defense; doubt gnaws the greatest among them; they need our testimony to escape despair.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: despair  doubt  arrogance  poet 
     
    A good critic is the sorcerer who makes some hidden spring gush forth unexpectedly under our feet.
    — Francois Mauriac
    Let us be wary of ready-made ideas about cowardice and courage: the same burden weighs infinitely more heavily on some shoulders than on others.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: ideas 
     
    A man's passion for the mountain is, above all, his childhood which refuses to die.
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: die  passion  childhood 
     
    Being for every man the touchstone of faith and love, the Eucharist, like on the Cross, divided the minds as soon as it was announced... Nothing engages a man as much as does the Eucharist
    — Francois Mauriac
    tags: men  faith  mind 
     
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