"A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person."
"Beyond myself, somewhere, I wait for my arrival."
"Everything that was once alive is now mechanical. Technology certainly brought a new ease and accuracy, but apart from these ultimately less important details, the new equipment has caused our quality of life to deteriorate. Technical progress in my profession has allowed for improved comfort, but not improved living, and it would be a serious error to confuse the two. You aren’t happier in a leather armchair; you’re just better seated."
Alain Baraton,The Gardener of Versailles
"I have any number of photos of Marie Antoinette’s oak - with its leaves, in the autumn, standing tall and lying on the ground. But the most precious souvenir of that tree accompanied almost forty years of my life is a modest leaf, pressed and dry between pages of an old book on botany. Rousseau’s herbarium contained the thousands of plants collected in Alpine meadows. Mine is far more modest, but precious all the same. A leaf from a tree that I loved and that returned to the Garden of Eden where now dwell Le Notre, Richard, La Fontaine, and Moliere, as well as all of the anonymous gardeners who have preceded me. May they rest in peace beneath its branches."
Alain Baraton, The Gardener of Versailles