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Peter Mayle Quotes

We had to be up early in the morning. We had a goat race to go to ... We asked the old man confident in the knowledge that he, like every Frenchman, would be an expert. The goats who make the most droppings before the race are likely to do well. An empty goat is faster than a full goat. Cest logique.
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Sunglasses must be kept on until an acquaintance is identified at one of the tables, but one must not appear to be looking for company. Instead, the impression should be that one is heading into the cafe to make a phone call to one's titled Italian admirer, when
quelle surprise!
one sees a friend. The sunglasses can then be removed and the hair tossed while one is persuaded to sit down.

— Peter Mayle

Oh, that,' he said. 'Poncet is grooming his ass.

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They always asked wistfully what the weather was like, and were not pleased with the answer. They consoled themselves by warning me about skin cancer and the addling effecr of sun on the brain. I didn't argue with them; they were probably right. But addled, wrinkled and potentially cancerous as I might have been, I had never felt better.

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It is at a time like this, when crisis threatens the stomach, that the French display the most sympathetic side of their nature. Tell them stories of physical injury or financial ruin and they will either laugh or commiserate politely. But tell them you are facing gastronomic hardship, and they will move heaven and earth and even restaurant tables to help you.

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The mistake I had made, obviously, was in overestimating human intelligence. By and large, one can not deny certain of mankind's achievements, such as the invention of lamb chops and central heating, but many people are strangely unreceptive to nuance. The hint, the diplomatic nudge, the oblique statements
these very often pass straight over their heads, and man and dog find themselves looking at each other through a fog of incomprehension. Thus it was with the management and myself. Delightful and welcoming, they certainly were, but not, it seemed, too quick on the uptake.

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There were far too many at my birthday party, and I wouldn't have invited any of them. I couldn't see them at first, because it takes a few days for the eyes to open, but they made their presence felt. Try having breakfast with a football team, all of them fighting to get hold of the same piece of toast, and you'll know what I went through.

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There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer's day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air.

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No matter what their background, the southern French are fascinated by food.

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I have a robust sense of humour which helps me deal with problems.

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There are plenty of miserable millionaires all over the place.

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You don't like it when a French housewife gets mad at you. If she gets steam behind her, she is an unstoppable creature.

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The great thing about having money is that you can actually just get on with your life and not have to think about paying the bills or crouch over 'The Wall Street Journal' or the 'Financial Times' and look at the stock figures and things like that. That bores me rigid.

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Nowadays, if you have a journey, albeit a simple one, you consider yourself lucky if nothing happens.

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In the south of France the phones cut in and out, the electricity isn't particularly reliable. I think many people would get very irritated with that life.

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Good manners make any man a pleasure to be with. Ask any woman.

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There is nothing like a comfortable adventure to put people in a good humor ...

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