One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
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.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
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.
One-half, the finest half, of life is hidden from the man who does not love with passion.
Love is like fever; it comes and goes without the will having any part of the process.
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.
God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.
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 idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. ... there are no age limits for love.
Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
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.
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.
Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
It is difficult to escape from the prevailing disease of one's generation.
To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.
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