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Jean Giraudoux
French dramatist
(1882-1944)



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In wartime a man is called a hero. It doesn't make him any braver, and he runs for his life. But at least it's a hero who is running away.
-- La Guerre de Troie N'Aura Pas Lieu (1935). Literal translation of title: The Trojan War Will
Not Take Place. Translated into English by Christopher Fry as Tiger at the Gates.

Everyone always dies for his country. If you have lived in it, well and wisely and actively, you die for it too.
-- La Guerre de Troie N'Aura Pas Lieu (1935)

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
-- La Guerre de Troie N'Aura Pas Lieu (1935)

Born enemies don't fight. Nations you would say were designed to go to war against each other — by their skins, their language, their smell: always jealous of each other, always hating each other — they're not the ones who fight. You will find the real antagonists in nations fate has groomed and made ready for the same war.
-- La Guerre de Troie N'Aura Pas Lieu (1935)

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
-- La Guerre de Troie N'Aura Pas Lieu (1935)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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