Alphonse Karr

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Alphonse Karr

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (November 24, 1808September 29, 1890) was a French critic, journalist and novelist.


  • Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
    • The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.
    • The more it changes, the more it stays the same.[1]
    • The more things change, the more they stay the same.[2]
    • The more that things change, the more they stay the same.
    • Change? It's more of the same.
    • It changes superficially; but, underneath, its essence is always the same.
  • Si l'on veut abolir la peine de mort en ce cas, que MM. les assassins commencent: qu'ils ne tuent pas, on ne les tuera pas.[3]
    • If one wants to abolish the death penalty in this case, Messrs. murderers should take the first step: they do not kill, we will not kill them.
    • Les Guêpes, January 1849, vi.
  • Let us try to see things from their better side: You complain about seeing thorny rose bushes; Me, I rejoice and give thanks to the gods That thorns have roses.
    • "Letters written from my garden", 1853

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