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Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
January 28, 1873 - 1954
Nationality: French
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: French Novelist

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.


You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.


January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.


To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.


You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.


In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.


It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.


My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.


A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.


The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.


Writing only leads to more writing.


On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us - ah! what a dream, to live in that! - the other stifles us at the first breath.


No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.


The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.


I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.


You do not notice changes in what is always before you.


Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.


Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.


As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.


There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.


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