Pas mal (Not bad)! You scored between 35 to 70%.

Voltaire applauds your efforts. But you could do even better next time!

You did pretty well, guessing the correct answer between 35 to 70% of the time. You’re on your way to being able to claim solid knowledge of notable French quips.

(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 quotes.

But Voltaire isn’t yet convinced of your seriousness. He raises his eyebrow in teasing admonishment.

Why not try the quiz again and see if you can defy his low expectations?

In your pursuit of further knowledge, though, do avoid drinking the amount of coffee he apparently did. 40 cups a day isn’t a good look on most of us. Nor is 18 hours of frantic reading and writing.

Try your hand at the questions again below. Or take a crack at another quiz, this time testing whether you belong on the right bank or left bank of Paris.

Quiz: What Notable French Person Said It?

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1.
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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3.
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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7.
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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14.
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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