Georges Simenon’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Georges Simenon Quotes 

Georges Simenon, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Georges Simenon quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Georges Simenon’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Georges Simenon made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“Ce n’est pas possible d’éplucher des pommes de terre et de gratter des carottes en combinaison.”
― Georges Simenon, Tout Simenon, Tome 1: La fenêtre des Rouet / La fuite de Monsieur Monde / Trois Chambres à Manhattan / Au bout du rouleau / La pipe de Maigret/Maigret se fâche / Maigret à New-York / Lettre à mon juge / Le destin des Malou

 “Questa volta lui fu incapace di girare la testa dall’altra parte, tanto il suo volto lo affascinava. Mai neppure nei momenti in cui i loro corpi erano stati più uniti, l’aveva trovata così bella, così raggiante. Mai aveva visto sulla sua bocca carnosa un sorriso che esprimesse così intensamente il trionfo dell’amore. Mai, con un solo sguardo, si era impossessata di lui in modo così totale.
«Lo vedi, Tony,» gli gridò «non ci hanno separati!».”
― Georges Simenon, The Blue Room

“I would like to carve my novel in a piece of wood. My characters—I would like to have them heavier, more three-dimensional … My characters have a profession, have characteristics; you know their age, their family situation, and everything. But I try to make each one of those characters heavy, like a statue, and to be the brother of everybody in the world.”
― Georges Simenon

 “His mouth open, he fell asleep, because a man always falls asleep in the end. One weeps, one shrieks, one rages, one despairs, and then one eats and sleeps as if nothing had happened.”
― Georges Simenon

 “The place smelled of fairgrounds, of lazy crowds, of nights when you stayed out because you couldn’t go to bed, and it smelled like New York, of its calm and brutal indifference.”
― Georges Simenon, Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

 “The poor are used to stifling any expression of their despair, because they must get on with life, with work, with the demands made of them day after day, hour after hour.”
― Georges Simenon, Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets

“We are all potentially characters in a novel–with the difference that characters in a novel really get to live their lives to the full.”
― Georges Simenon

 “It just happened. As though a moment comes when it’s both necessary and natural to make a decision that has long since been made. ”
― Georges Simenon

“Si parte da un dettaglio qualsiasi, talvolta di poco conto, e senza volerlo si giunge a scoprire grandi princìpi.”
― Georges Simenon, The Man Who Watched Trains Go By

“Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don’t think an artist can ever be happy.”
― Georges Simenon

10 Famous Quotes by Author Georges Simenon

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Georges Simenon quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Georges Simenon quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Georges Simenon. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Georges Simenon quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Georges Simenon Quote 

“When he went out it was freezing, and a pale winter sun was rising over Paris.

No thought of escape had as yet crossed Monsieur Monde’s mind.

Morning, Joseph.’

Morning, monsieur.’

As a matter of fact, it started like an attack of flu. In the car he felt a shiver. He was very susceptible to head colds. Some winters they would hang on for weeks, and his pockets would be stuffed with wet handkerchiefs, which mortified him. Moreover, that morning he ached all over, perhaps from having slept in an awkward position, or was it a touch of indigestion due to last night’s supper?

I’m getting flu,’ he thought.

Then, just as they were crossing the Grands Boulevards, instead of automatically checking the time on the electric clock as he usually did, he raised his eyes and noticed the pink chimney pots outlined against a pale blue sky where a tiny white cloud was floating.

It reminded him of the sea. The harmony of blue and pink suddenly brought a breath of Mediterranean air to his mind, and he envied people who, at that time of year, lived in the South and wore white flannels.”
― Georges Simenon, Monsieur Monde Vanishes

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One thought on “Georges Simenon’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

  • He was a great writer and my one of the best quote is “Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don’t think an artist can ever be happy.” like as a writer, it makes me proud.


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