I have specially selected out the best 5 Jules Renard quotations in French and English from his amazing journal.
The Journal of Jules Renard is a poetic, quirky and colorful collection of his autobiographical writing which started from 1887 to a month before his death in 1910.
I remember reading Jules Renard said that keeping his journal is not a work of writing. It is just like making love every day is not love.
It was sheer hard work and it emptied him.
In fact, this journal influenced many famous writers that include Somerset Maugham and Donald Barthelme.
The British writer W. Somerset Maugham was so inspired after reading this journal that he decided to publish his own collection called “A Writer’s Notebook“.
Here is the best 5 Jules Renard quotations in French and English:
“If you are afraid of loneliness, do not try to be fair.” (Si tu crains la solitude, n’essaie pas d’être juste)
“Work thinks; laziness muses.” (Le travail pense, la paresse songe)
“It is easy for great men to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.” (La modestie va bien aux grands hommes. C’est de n’être rien et d’être quand même modeste qui est difficile)
“God is no solution. It doesn’t arrange anything. It makes nothing right.” (Dieu n’ est pas une solution. Ca n’ arrange rien)
“As soon as you tell a woman she’s pretty, she thought of the mind.” (Dès qu’on dit à une femme qu’elle est jolie, elle se croit de l’esprit)
(The quote in French found in Jules Renard – Oeuvres LCI/23 (Illustré) By Jules Renard, LCI, 9 février 1899)
Here is an amazing collection of selected Jules Renard quotes from his complete journal.