Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

French writer

Lived from: 1873-1954

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.
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    And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.
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    As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.
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    But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious.
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    Can it be that chance has made me one of those women so immersed in one man that, whether they are barren or not, they carry with them to the grave the shriveled innocence of an old maid?
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    Girls usually have a paper mâché face on their wedding day.
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    I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.
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    In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
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    It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
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    It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
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    It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.
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    It's nothing to be born ugly. Sensibly, the ugly woman comes to terms with her ugliness and exploits it as a grace of nature. To become ugly means the beginning of a calamity, self-willed most of the time.
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    January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.
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    Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.
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    My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.
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