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Quotes by Colette - (35 quotes)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Acceptance category:

I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Aging category:

At sixty-three years of age, less a quarter, one still has plans. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Aging category:

To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Books category:

Books, books, books. It was not that I read so much. I read and re-read the same ones. But all of them were necessary to me. Their presence, their smell, the letters of their titles, and the texture of their leather bindings. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Change category:

You do not notice changes in what is always before you. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Children category:

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Colour category:

There are connoisseurs of blue just as there are connoisseurs of wine. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Criticism category:

Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Doubt category:

The only virtue on which I pride myself is my self-doubt; when a writer loses her self-doubt, the time has come to lay aside her pen. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Earth category:

On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us - ah! what a dream, to live in that! - the other stifles us at the first breath. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Editing category:

Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Enthusiasm category:

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Friendship category:

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Gender category:

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Happiness category:

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Hope category:

Hope costs nothing. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Humour category:

Total absence of humour renders life impossible. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Jealousy category:

-The Pure and the Impure...
Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight. For it is the only suffering that we endure without ever becoming used to it. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Life category:

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Love category:

I want nothing from love, in short, but love. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Music category:

Music is love in search of a word. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Pets category:

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Pets category:

Time spent with a cat is never wasted. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Problems category:

Don't cudgel your brains over my little problems. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Silence category:

To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Sincerity category:

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Solitude category:

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Suffering category:

Is suffering so very serious? ...I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful... hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain... is no more worthy of respect than old age or illness. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Time category:

-The Pure and the Impure...
'and how time flies! What, has it already been twenty years, already forty years that we are together? Why, how terrible! We haven't yet said all we wanted to say to each other... May we have a little respite, or else may we be allowed to begin all over again! (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Travel category:

The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and, even then, he sits down a lot of the time. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Words category:

-The Pure and the Impure...
The word 'pure' has never revealed an intelligent meaning to me. I can only use the word to quench an optical thirst for purity in the transparencies that evoke it - in bubbles, in a volume of water, and in the imaginary latitudes entrenched, beyond reach, at the very center of a dense crystal. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Work category:

No one asked you to be happy. Get to work. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Worth category:

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Writing category:

-The Vagabond...
To write is to pour one's innermost self passionately upon the tempting paper, at such frantic speed that sometimes one's hand struggles and rebels, overdriven by the impatient god which guides it - and to find, next day, in place of the golden bough that bloomed miraculously in that dazzling hour, a withered bramble and a stunted flower. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette - From the Writing category:

Writing only leads to more writing. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)