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1873-1954, French novelist

Total absence of humour renders life impossible.
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What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
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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.
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What a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised!
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A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
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To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
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It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
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I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad
because I have it no longer.
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Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
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I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of
time we call suffering.
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You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
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To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
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It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
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No one asked you to be happy. Get to work.
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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.
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The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
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Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
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My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion
for the man I loved.
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Hope costs nothing.
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It's so curious: One can resist tears and "behave" very well in the hardest hours of grief. But
then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that
was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and
everything collapses.
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A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman
does not.
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Don't ever wear artistic jewellery; it wrecks a woman's reputation.
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A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable
stock-in-trade with the men... nine men out of ten are superstitious, nineteen out of twenty
believe in the evil eye, and ninety-eight out of a hundred are afraid of spiders. They forgive us
- oh! - for many things, but not for the absence in us of their own feelings.
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Music is love in search of a word.
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By means of an image we are often able to hold on to our lost belongings. But it is the
desperateness of losing which picks the flowers of memory, binds the bouquet.
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When she raises her eyelids it's as if she were taking off all her clothes.
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The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.
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I want nothing from love, in short, but love.
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Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a
cigarette.
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A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and
gratitude.
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The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.
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We only do well the things we like doing.
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Truffles must come to the table in their own stock and as you break open this jewel sprung
from a poverty-stricken soil, imagine - if you have never visited it - the desolate kingdom
where it rules.
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Writing only leads to more writing.
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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.
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If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles.
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The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most
supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from
the rose-tree.
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If we want to be sincere, we must admit that there is a well-nourished love and an
ill-nourished love. And the rest is literature.
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Time spent with a cat is never wasted.
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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.
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