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Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Quotes

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.

A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.

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

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.

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.

I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart.

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

I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.

If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles.

In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.

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

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.

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

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

Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight.

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

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

Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger.

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

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.