What is french state?

Famous quotes containing the words state and/or french:

    There is such a thing as caste, even in the West; but it is comparatively faint; it is conservatism here. It says, forsake not your calling, outrage no institution, use no violence, rend no bonds; the State is thy parent. Its virtue or manhood is wholly filial.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.
    —14th-century French proverb, first recorded in English in A. Barclay, Gringore’s Castle of Labour (1506)