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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Writer
Nation: French
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The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.

Tags: Everybody, Less, Wisdom

To describe happiness is to diminish it.

Tags: Describe, Diminish, Happiness

What is really beautiful must always be true.

Tags: Beautiful, True

Women are always eagerly on the lookout for any emotion.

Tags: Eagerly, Emotion, Women

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

Tags: Happiness, Wise, Woman

God's only excuse is that he does not exist.

Tags: Excuse, Exist, God

I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.

Tags: Light, Moment, Woman

It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.

Tags: Forty, Style, Writers

Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.

Tags: Found, Himself, Terrible

Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.

Tags: Fashion, Hideous, Obsolete

Our true passions are selfish.

Tags: Passions, Selfish, True

Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.

Tags: Ignore, Politics, Work

Prudery is a kind of avarice, the worst of all.

Tags: Avarice, Worst

She had caprices of a marvellous unexpectedness, and how is any one to imitate a caprice?

Tags: Imitate, Marvellous, She

The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.

Tags: Ability, Historian, Invent

The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.

Tags: Distance, Fifty, Ways

People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story.

Tags: Cannot, Reading, Story

The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man.

Tags: Great, Men, Woman

The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.

Tags: Less, Love, Music

One can acquire everything in solitude except character.

Tags: Character, Except, Solitude

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.

Tags: Hope, Love, Small

If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.

Tags: Both, Love, Matter

Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.

Tags: Life, Short, Time
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The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

Tags: Interests, Sheep, Shepherd

The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.

Tags: Alone, Art, Work

People happy in love have an air of intensity.

Tags: Air, Happy, Love

Only great minds can afford a simple style.

Tags: Great, Minds, Simple

Power, after love, is the first source of happiness.

Tags: Happiness, Love, Power

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

Tags: Fear, Few, Religions

The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.

Tags: Fears, Love, Pleasures

True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things.

Tags: Death, Love, True

A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth.

Tags: Her, Men, Woman

Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.

Tags: America, Envy, Far

Friendship has its illusions no less than love.

Tags: Friendship, Less, Love

Pleasure is often spoiled by describing it.

Tags: Often, Pleasure, Spoiled

This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.

Tags: Age, Boredom, Curse

To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.

Tags: Loved, Respect, Time

Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.

Tags: Art, Nor, Science

The French are the wittiest, the most charming, and up to the present, at all events, the least musical race on Earth.

Tags: Earth, Present, Race

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

Tags: Along, Mirror, Road

If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.

Tags: Eternal, Men, Power

In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.

Tags: Future, Hope, Love

Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.

Tags: Business, Life, Love

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.

Tags: Hypocrisy, Vagueness
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