One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of 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.
It is difficult to escape from the prevailing disease of one's generation.
Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge.
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.
The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader's soul.
Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. ... there are no age limits for love.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
A good book is an event in my life.
This religion takes away the courage of thinking of unusual things and prohibits self-examination above all as the most egregiousof sins.... It is one step away from protestantism.
The sight of anything extremely beautiful, in nature or in art, brings back the memory of what one loves, with the speed of lightning.
There is no such thing as "natural law": this expression is nothing but old nonsense... Prior to laws, what is natural is only the strength of the lion, or the need of the creature suffering from hunger or cold; in short, need.
Perhaps men who cannot love passionately are those who feel the effect of beauty most keenly; at any rate this is the strongest impression women can make on them.
It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
Never had he found himself so close to those terrible weapons of feminine artillery.
The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.
In matters of sentiment, the public has very crude ideas; and the most shocking fault of women is that they make the public the supreme judge of their lives.
To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.
A woman of generous character will sacrifice her life a thousand times over for her lover, but will break with him for ever over a question of pride.
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