Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
Love without reverence and enthusiasm is only friendship.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent and almost indestructible one.
Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.
It is love, not faith, that moves mountains.
Humanity is outraged in me and with me. We must not dissimulate nor try to forget this indignation, which is one of the most passionate forms of love.
The world will know and understand me someday. But if that day does not arrive, it does not greatly matter. I shall have opened the way for other women.
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
I'm beginning to believe that there are angels disguised as men who pass themselves off as such and who inhabit the earth for a while to console and lift up with them toward heaven the poor, exhausted and saddened souls who were ready to perish here below.
Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.
Anything we destroy in ourselves we destroy in others. Our falls lower others and throw them down; we owe it to our fellows to keep upright, in order that they too may keep their feet.
Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of truth, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for.
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.
I love everything that makes up a milieu, the rolling of the carriages and the noise of the workmen in Paris, the cries of a thousand birds in the country, the movement of the ships on the waters. I love also absolute, profound silence, and, in short, I love everything that is around me, no matter where I am.
Not to love is to cease to live.
We must love stupid people better than ourselves; are they not the really unfortunate ones of this world? Do not people without taste and without ideal grow constantly weary, rejoicing in nothing, and being quite useless here below?
Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.
It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
The old woman I shall become will be quite different from the woman I am now. Another I is beginning.
No one makes a revolution by himself; and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes without quite knowing how, because it is everybody who takes them in hand.
God abandons only those who abandon themselves, and whoever has the courage to shut up his sorrow within his own heart is stronger to fight against it than he who complains.
These tears do me good, they have watered the parched place; perhaps my heart will grow again there!
Years do not always make age.
a woman's heart has no wrinkles.
One wastes so much time, one is so prodigal of life, at twenty! Our days of winter count for double. That is the compensation of the old.
The prayers of a lover are more imperious than the menaces of the whole world
Punctuation has its own philosophy, just as style does, although not as language does. Style is a good understanding of language, punctuation is a good understanding of style.
Whoever has loved knows all that life contains of sorrow and joy.
God has written in the law of nature that when two people are joined in love or friendship, one must always give his heart more perfectly than the other.
Art belongs to all times and to all countries; its special benefit is precisely to be still living when everything else seems dying; that is why Providence shields it from too personal or too general passions, and grants it a patient and persevering organization, durable sensibility, and the contemplative sense in which lies invincible faith.
Know how to replace in your heart, by the happiness of those you love, the happiness that may be wanting to yourself
The life of great geniuses is nothing but a sublime storm.
You may impose silence upon me, but you can not prevent me from thinking.
A man is not a wall, whose stones are crushed upon the road; or a pipe, whose fragments are thrown away at a street corner. The fragments of an intellect are always good.
Women love always: when earth slips from them, they take refuge in heaven.