Bien fait! (Well done)! You Scored Above 70%

Voltaire applauds your impressive results, and invites you to join his league.

Sacré bleu! You answered correctly more than 70% of the time.

Voltaire is suitably impressed– and as you probably guessed, he rarely is.

Your knowledge of great French thinkers is so strong, you may just stand a chance at being invited to join the Academie Francaise. Bien fait! (well done).

(See the full answers to the quiz here, or scroll down to try again).

When cocktail parties are once again allowed, you’ll wow them all with your random facts about prominent French minds, breezily quoting them.

But be forewarned: Voltaire is known to have been rather adept at the art of losing friends and alienating people with his witticisms. Emulate him at your own risk.

And in your pursuit of even greater heights of scholarly achievement, don’t follow his example of drinking 40 cups of coffee a day. It isn’t a good look on most of us.

Try your hand at the quotes again to see if you can get an even higher score!

Quiz: What Notable French Person Said It?

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In life, you don't do what you want-- but you're responsible for what you are. 
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Love doesn't mean looking at one another, but looking together in the same direction.
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We must find the strength to live,  and reason to act, by [gaining] knowledge of the authentic conditions of our lives.
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4.
Whether you're writing a novel or a screenplay, you create encounters, you live with the characters: it's the same pleasure and the same work; you intensify life.
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5.
One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say. 
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Existing and ceasing to exist are imaginary solutions. Existence lies elsewhere.
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Expecting something pleasurable is often more anxiety-inducing than experiencing pain.
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8.
How can you expect to be able to govern a country that counts 258 varieties of cheese?
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9.
Grand acts are born from the silence of laws.
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10.
Critique is easier than practice.
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11.
The memory of a certain image is merely nostalgia for a certain instant.
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12.
Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.
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13.
Luxury isn't the opposite of poverty, but of vulgarity.
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That which is possible deserves to be given a chance.
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15.
The best way to keep one's word is to never give it.
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16.
Man is born without teeth, without hair and without illusions-- and he dies the same, without hair, without teeth and without illusions.
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