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Natalie Clifford Barney Quotes

Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.

Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the inevitable.

How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue.

If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.

It is time for dead languages to be quiet.

Lovers should also have their days off.

Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.

Novels are longer than life.

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.

The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight.

There are intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.

Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.

To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?

With renunciation life begins.

Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones.

Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.