31 Alphonse Karr Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808–1890) was a French critic, journalist and novelist.

Born in Paris to composer Henri Karr, he was educated at Collège Bourbon and later taught there.

Karr penned several autobiographical novels, with “Sous les Tilleuls” (1832) being his debut.

Other famous works include “Geneviève” (1838) and “Voyage autour de Mon Jardin” (1845).

Alphonse Karr

In 1855, he relocated to Nice, developing a penchant for floriculture, particularly dahlias and essentially founding the cut flower trade in the French Riviera.

He also enjoyed fishing, drawing on this for some writings.

He had a tumultuous personal life, including a short-lived relationship with actress Juliette Drouet and a strained marriage to Louise Estelle Clémentine, with whom he had a daughter, Thérèse.

I have listed below some of the best quotes by Alphonse Karr.

Best Alphonse Karr Quotes


Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided. ~ Alphonse Karr.


The more the change, the more it is the same thing. ~ Alphonse Karr.


A woman who writes commits two sins; she increases the number of books, and decreases the number of women. ~ Alphonse Karr.


Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others. ~ Alphonse Karr.


Display is like shallow water, where you can see the muddy bottom. ~ Alphonse Karr.


The more things change, the more they are the same. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr.


It changes superficially; but, underneath, its essence is always the same. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Avoid all haste; calmness is an essential ingredient of politeness. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Famous Alphonse Karr Quotes

Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment when reality makes us regret uncertainty. ~ Alphonse Karr.


If women only knew the extent of their power! ~ Alphonse Karr.

Flowing water is at once a picture and a music, which causes to flow at the same time from my brain, like a limpid and murmuring rivulet, sweet thoughts, charming reveries, and melancholy remembrances. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral. ~ Alphonse Karr.


One expresses well only the love he does not feel. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Botany is the art of insulting flowers in Greek and Latin. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Inspirational Alphonse Karr Quotes

Almost every one flatters himself that he and his are exceptionable. ~ Alphonse Karr.


All people have three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have. ~ Alphonse Karr.

If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by our friends the murderers. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else. ~ Alphonse Karr.


We can invent only with memory. ~ Alphonse Karr.

I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven’t a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I’ve had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream, and not, as it too often is, the end. ~ Alphonse Karr.


A widow is like a frigate of which the first captain has been shipwrecked. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Women’s glances express what they dare not speak. ~ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.

Beautiful Alphonse Karr Quotes

If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more audacious. ~ Alphonse Karr.

I am thankful that thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Friendship between two women is always a plot against another one. ~ Alphonse Karr.


If there is a fruit that can be eaten raw, it is beauty. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Let us try to see things from their better side: You complain about seeing thorny rose bushes; Me, I rejoice and give thanks to the gods That thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr.

Dress is the great business of all women, and the fixed idea of some. ~ Alphonse Karr.

So these were the 31 top Alphonse Karr quotes and sayings.

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