Jean Anouilh

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Jean Anouilh (1940)

Jean Anouilh (23 June 19103 October 1987) was a French dramatist, screenwriter and translator.


  • Il y aura toujours un chien perdu quelque part qui m'empêchera d'être heureux.
    • There will always be a lost dog somewhere that will prevent me being happy.
    • La Sauvage ["The Restless Heart"] (1938), Act 3.
  • Mourir, ce n'est rien. Commence donc par vivre. C'est moins drôle et c'est plus long.
    • To die is nothing. Begin by living. It’s less funny and lasts longer.
    • Roméo et Jeannette (1946), Act 3.
  • On ne peut pleurer pour le monde entier : C'est au-delà des forces humaines. Il faut choisir !
  • When you're forty, half of you belongs to the past — and when you're seventy, nearly all of you.
    • Time Remembered (1958)
  • Have you noticed that life, real honest to goodness life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?”
    • Jean Anouilh as cited in: Stuart Allan (2010) News Culture. p. 1

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