Romain Rolland was born 29 January 1866 and died 30 December 1944
- No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books.
- Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it.
- You want to be a hero. That is why you do such silly things.
- Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all others, and if need be against all others.
- A hero is a man who does what he can.
- The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest.
- To understand everything is to hate nothing.
- One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.
- Every man, every art, has its hypocrisy. The world is fed with little and many lies.
- There are some dead who are more alive than the living.
Romain Rolland was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915. He is the author of Pierre and Luce.
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