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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Novelist
Nation: French
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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.

Tags: Between, Choice, Dream

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.

Tags: Judge, Put, Worth

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

Tags: Men, Pretty, Terror

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

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

Tags: Far, Matter, Worse

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

Tags: Empty, Evil, Month

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

Tags: Humbled, Jealousy, Sight

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

Tags: Longer, Pains, Time

Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.

Tags: Light, Lives, Time

The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.

Tags: Goes, Time, True

To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.

Tags: Flattering, Poet, Silence

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.

Tags: Bad, Him, Real

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.

Tags: Another, Moment, Young

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

Tags: Happy, Wisdom, Wise

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.

Tags: Life, Wish, Wonderful

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

Tags: Equality, She, Woman

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

Tags: Almost, Early, Insomnia

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.

Tags: Men, She, Woman

The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.

Tags: Betrayed, Jealous, Jealousy

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.

Tags: Freedom, Others, Wine

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.

Tags: Love, Past, Sad

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

Tags: Friends, Loved, True

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

Tags: Feet, Four, Perfect
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You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Tags: Enthusiasm, Foolish

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.

Tags: Heart, Him, Past

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

Tags: Call, Suffering, Time

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.

Tags: Humor, Impossible, Life

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.

Tags: Happy, Human, Poor

One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.

Tags: Age, Forgetting, Old

You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.

Tags: Growing, Old, Year

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

Tags: Friendship, Oil, Wise

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.

Tags: Faults, Husbands, Often

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

Tags: Bad, Children, Parents

Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger.

Tags: Butterfly, Finger, Touch

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

Tags: Object, Temptation, Value

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.

Tags: Either, Flower, Sincerity

Writing only leads to more writing.

Tags: Leads, Writing

You do not notice changes in what is always before you.

Tags: Changes, Notice
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