Jean Genet Quotes

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Born: December 19, 1910, Paris, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Paris, France, April 15, 1986
Occupation: Author

A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.
- Jean Genet

A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.
- Jean Genet

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
- Jean Genet

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty.
- Jean Genet

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
- Jean Genet

Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.
- Jean Genet

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