Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.
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.
It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
You do not notice changes in what is always before you.
No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
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.
Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.
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.
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
If I can’t have too many truffles, I’ll do without truffles.
Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight.