French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer
"It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft."
"Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside."
"Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better."
"Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love."
"Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love."
"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself."
"Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other."
"Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them."
"Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!"
"Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!"
"Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established."
"Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart."
"Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?"
"The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute."
"The errors of women spring, almost always, from their faith in the good, or their confidence in the true."
"The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other."
"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
"The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital."
"The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human."
"The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition."
"There are moments in life when all that we can bear is the sense that our friend is near us; our wounds would wince at consoling words that would reveal the depths of our pain."
"Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys."