French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer
"A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists."
"A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed."
"A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning."
"A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way."
"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
"A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears."
"A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over."
"Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window."
"But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite."
"First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time."
"For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth."
"Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps."
"If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life."
"It is a singular fact that many men of action incline to the theory of fatalism, while the greater part of men of thought believe in a divine providence."
"It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music."
"It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment."