French Author, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, one of the best-known French Romantic Writers
"Certain thoughts are prayers. There are certain moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
"For man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes."
"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
"He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out the plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of life which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign."
"The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves."
"The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody."
"There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul."
"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come."
"A creditor is worse than a master; for a master owns only your person, a creditor owns your dignity and can belabour that."
"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour."
"Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
"Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession."
"Happiness is a thing of gravity. It seeks for hearts of bronze, and carves itself there slowly; pleasure startles it away by tossing flowers to it. Joy's smile is much more close to tears than it is to laughter."
"I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, that shows at the same time pearls and the soul."
"Revery, which is thought in its nebulous state, borders closely upon the land of sleep, by which it is bounded as by a natural frontier."
"The first symptom of true love in a young man is timidity, in a girl it is boldness. The two sexes have a tendency to approach, and each assumes the qualities of the other."
"The reduction of the universe to a single being, the dilation of a single being as far as God, such is love."
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself."