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    She realized for the first time that two people can never reach each others deepest feelings and instincts, that they spend their lives side by side, linked it may be, but not mingled, and that each one's inmost being must go through life eternally alone.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: time  people  live  alone  instinct 
     
    You've never lived until you've almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor the protected shall never know.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Solitude is indeed dangerous for a working intelligence. We need to have around us people who think and speak. When we are alone for a long time we people the void with phantoms
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Abstinence is the worst form of perversion.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Life is a slope. As long as you're going up you're always looking towards the top and you feel happy, but when you reach it, suddenly you can see the road going downhill and death at the end of it all. It's slow going up and quick going down.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: death 
     
    breathing, sleeping, drinking, eating, working, dreaming, everything we do is dying. to live, in fact, is to die.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: live  dreaming  dying  facts  die  drinking 
     
    Great minds that are healthy are never considered geniuses, while this sublime qualification is lavished on brains that are often inferior but are slightly touched by madness.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: madness  brain  healthy  mind 
     
    Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: war  patriotism 
     
    History, that excitable and unreliable old lady.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Whether we are describing a king, an assassin, a thief, an honest man, a prostitute, a nun, a young girl, or a stallholder in a market, it is always ourselves that we are describing.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: men  young  girls 
     
    Of all the passions, the only one that seems respectable to me is the passion for food
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: food  passion 
     
    Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: government  war 
     
    The past attracts me, the present frightens me, because the future is death.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: death  future  past  present 
     
    I love the night passionately... I love it with all my senses: I love to see it, I love to breathe it in, I love to open my ears to its silence, I love my whole body to be caressed by its blackness...
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: silence  night  body 
     
    We live always under the weight of the old and odious customs... of our barbarous ancestors.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: live 
     
    It is the lives we encounter that make life worth living.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: living  live  worth 
     
    Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: world  memory 
     
    A sick thought can devour the body's flesh more than fever or consumption.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: thoughts 
     
    You have the army of mediocrities followed by the multitude of fools. As the mediocrities and the fools always form the immense majority, it is impossible for them to elect an intelligent government.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: smile 
     
    Whatever you want to say, there is only one word to express it, only one verb to give it movement, only one adjective to qualify it.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    The bed comprehends our whole life, for we were born in it, we live in it, and we shall die in it
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: live  die 
     
    The only certainty is death.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: death 
     
    You must render: never report.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    The great artists are those who impose their personal vision upon humanity.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    We breathe love as we breathe air; we hold it in ourselves as we hold our thoughts. Nothing more exists for us.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: thoughts 
     
    There is only one good thing in life, and that is love.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    In the East men know panic, but they do not know what fright is.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: men 
     
    If I could, I would stop the passage of time. But hour follows on hour, minute on minute, each second robbing me of a morsel of myself for the nothing of tomorrow. I shall never experience this moment again.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Love is always love, come whence it may. A heart that beats at your approach, an eye that weeps when you go away are things so rare, so sweet, so precious that they must never be despised.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: heart  eyes 
     
    I know nothing more enjoyable than that happy-go-lucky wandering life, in which you are perfectly free; without shackles of any kind, without care, without preoccupation, without thought even of to-morrow. You go in any direction you please, without any guide save your fancy.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: thoughts  care 
     
    It is better to be unhappy in love than unhappy in marriage, but some people manage to be both.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: people  marriage 
     
    A lawful kiss is never worth as much as a stolen one.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: kiss  worth 
     
    Since governments take the right of death over their people, it is not astonishing if the people should sometimes take the right of death over governments.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Everything is false, everything is possible, everything is doubtful.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    We are accustomed to use our eyes only with the memory of what other people before us have thought about the object we are looking at.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: people  memory  thoughts  eyes 
     
    I entered literary life as a meteor, and I shall leave it like a thunderbolt.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: travel  world  real  dreams 
     
    Night was a very different matter. It was dense, thicker than the very walls, and it was empty, so black, so immense that within it you could brush against appalling things and feel roaming and prowling around a strange, mysterious horror.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: horror  night  black 
     
    There are in France some fifty thousand young men of good birth and fairly well off who are encouraged to live a life of complete idleness. They must either cease to exist or must come to see that there can be no happiness, no health even, without regular daily labor of some sort ... The need of work is in me.
    — Guy de Maupassant
    tags: happiness  health  men  work  live  young  birth 
     
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    guy de maupassant
    Birth    : August 5, 1850
    Death  : July 6, 1893
    Occupation  : Writer