It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
Modesty was made for the ugly.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
The most fitting occupation for a civilized man is to do nothing.
The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals
[Great artists] do not copy what they see, but what they desire.
I was born to travel and write verse.
The arts teach and moralise by their beauty alone, not by translating a philosophical or social formula. For the truly artistic person, painting has itself as it's purpose, which is quite enough.
I am a man for whom the outside world exists.
Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!
Sometimes he sits at your feet looking into your face with an expression so gentle and caressing that the depth of his gaze startles you.
The years I have squandered in puerile excitement, in going hither and thither, in seeking to force nature and time, I ought to have spent in solitude and meditation, in endeavoring to make myself worthy of being loved.
Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.
Brevity never fatigues; therefore, brevity is always a welcome guest.
Books follow morals, and not morals books.
Yes I have loved, as no one on earth ever loved, with an insensate and furious love, so violent that I wonder it did not break my heart
No one is truly dead until they are no longer loved.
If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.
The cat is a dilettante in fur.
Our busy age does not always have time to read, but it always has time to look.
To extract beauty from one's own milieu is one of the most difficult tasks of art.
What I write is not for little girls.
[A cat] will lie the whole evening on your knee, purring and happy in your society...
[A cat] will make itself the companion of your hours of work, of loneliness, or of sadness.
Once [a cat] has given its love, what absolute confidence, what fidelity of affection!
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