French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer
"[Paraphrase] Self consciousness, while glorious for what is has done, is at the same time baneful, because it precludes man from entering the Cosmic Conscious life, which leads to the infinite - which alone can explain God."
"Emulation is not rivalry. Emulation is the child of ambition; rivalry is the unlovable daughter of envy."
"Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gesture or quick movement inspires involuntary disrespect. One looks for a moment at a cascade; but one sits for hours, lost in thought, and gazing upon the still water of a lake. A deliberate gait, gentle manners, and a gracious tone of voice - all of which may be acquired - give a mediocre man an immense advantage over those vastly superior to him. To be bodily tranquil, to speak little, and to digest without effort are absolutely necessary to grandeur of mind or of presence, or to proper development of genius."
"Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies."
"There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman’s glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire."
"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."
"All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual."
"Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretexts of base tyrannies."
"All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had my periods of wretchedness, but with energy and above all with illusions, I pulled through them all."
"Hope is the better half of courage. Hope has it not sustained the work, and given the fainting heart time and patience to outwit the chances and changes of life."
"It is easier to be a lover that a husband for the simpler reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day that to say pretty things from time to time."
"Marriage should combat without respite or mercy that monster which devours everything - habit."
"One of the most detestable habits of Lilliputian minds is to find their own littleness in others."
"The hardest sentiment to tolerate is pity, especially when it's deserved. Hatred is a tonic, it vitalizes us, it inspires vengeance, but pity deadens, it makes our weakness weaker."
"Beauty is undoubtedly the signature of the Master to work in which he has put his soul; it is the divine spirit manifested."