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Marcel Pagnol Famous Quote

Monday 1 March 2010, by Allaudien

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These quotes have toured the world and restore a few words the beauty of Provence and its people.

Marcel Pagnol
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One has to look out for engineers-they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be

The most difficult secret for a man to keep is his own opinion of himself.

A secret is not something unrevealed, but something told privately, in a whisper.

Honor is like a match, you can only use it once.

Whenever I go to the dock and look at the horizon, I am on the other side. If I see a boat on the ocean, it pulls me like a cord . . . like a belt pulling my sides, and I don’t know where I am, I cannot think of anything else. . .

Ambition is the wealth of the poor

People see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it’ll be.

So much is death obligatory that it is almost a formality

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