One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.
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.
People are less self-conscious in the intimacy of family life and during the anxiety of a great sorrow. The dazzling varnish of anextreme politeness is then less in evidence, and the true qualities of the heart regain their proper proportions.
A good book is an event in my life.
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.
If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.
To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face.
Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
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.
People happy in love have an air of intensity.
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.
Our true passions are selfish.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
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.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
When intimacy followed love in Italy there were no longer any vain pretensions between two lovers.
A very small matter, when all is said; only a fool would be concerned about it.
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