All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring.
Forgetting is the great secret of strong and creative lives.
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion.
Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
Modesty is the conscience of the body.
I can no longer think of anything but you. In spite of myself, my imagination carries me to you. I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Cruelty and fear shake hands together.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
A courage which looks easy & yet is rare; the courage of a teacher repeating day after day the same lessons - the least rewarded of all forms of courage.
True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, ...
When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.
Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
The more one judges, the less one loves.
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had many periods of wretchedness, but with energy and above all with illusions, I pulled through them all.
Coffee falls into the stomach... ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similes arise, the paper is covered with ink...
Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
Every moment of happiness requires a great amount of Ignorance
It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
Art's greatest efforts are invariably a timid counterfeit of Nature.
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
The press is like a woman: sublime when it lies, it will not let go until it has forced you to believe it. The public, like a foolish husband, always succumbs.
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
Want him to be more of a man? Try being more of a woman!