Art ... is as much a source of happiness for the beginner as for the master. One forgets everything in one's work ...
Let us love dogs; let us love only dogs! Man and cats are unworthy creatures.
I was born to be a remarkable woman; it matters little in what way or how. ... I shall be famous or I will die.
To live, to have so much ambition, to suffer, to cry, to fight and, at the end, forgetfulness ... as if I had never existed.
I am the most interesting book of all.
Life, that is Paris! Paris, that is life!
When I die my death will be caused by indignation at the stupidity of human nature ...
Art just consists in making us swallow the commonplaces by charming us eternally ...
art consists precisely in making us admire old stories, charming us with them eternally, as Nature charms with her eternal sun, her ancient earth, and her men built all on the same pattern, and all animated by the same feelings ...
What am I? Nothing. What would I be? Everything.
To a woman who knows her own mind men can only be a minor consideration.
Soul is as necessary in a painting as body.
They who see only what they wish to see in those around them are very fortunate.
... I will never love, for I should never be loved as I desire to be loved.
Time is the most terrible, the most discouraging, the most unconquerable of all obstacles, and one that may exist when no other does.
When one misses an opportunity one is apt to fancy that another will never present itself.
one life would not suffice, mine especially. To touch everything and leave nothing after oneself! Ah! my God! I hope better than that. Ah! I am very cowardly, and under the blow of such a terror I am ready to believe in priests.
I want to live faster, faster, faster! ... I fear that this desire to live always at high pressure is the presage of a short existence. Who knows?
To say that my grief will be eternal would be ridiculous - nothing is eternal.
Nothing is ever so good or so bad in reality as it is in the anticipation.
The expectation of an unpleasantness is more terrible than the thing itself.
I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!.
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