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Sidonie Gabrielle Colette quotes

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.

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

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

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

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

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.

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

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.