French Novelist, Playwright, Poet and Short Story Writer
"To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure."
"True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart."
"Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves."
"Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence."
"We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are."
"We must have books for recreation and entertainment, as well as for instruction and for business; the former are agreeable, the latter useful, and the human mind requires both. The canon law and the codes of Justinian shall have due honor and reign at the universities, but Homer and Virgil need not therefore be banished. We will cultivate the olive and the vine, but without eradicating the myrtle and the rose."
"What is a child, monsieur, but the image of two beings, the fruit of two sentiments spontaneously blended?"
"When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich."
"When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues."