One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader's soul.
People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story.
Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.
God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
A good book is an event in my life.
A novel is a mirror which passes over a highway. Sometimes it reflects to your eyes the blue of the skies, at others the churned-up mud of the road.
Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. ... there are no age limits for love.
When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.
To seem sorrowful is not in good taste: You're supposed to seem bored.
In our calling, we have to choose; we must make our fortune either in this world or in the next, there is no middle way.
The sight of anything extremely beautiful, in nature or in art, brings back the memory of what one loves, with the speed of lightning.
It is difficult to escape from the prevailing disease of one's generation.
It is not enough for a landscape to be interesting in itself. Eventually there must be a moral and historic interest.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.
If you want to be witty, work on your character and say what you think on every occasion.
The difference breeds hatred.
In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.
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