It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
The most fitting occupation for a civilized man is to do nothing.
Modesty was made for the ugly.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.
Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!
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
The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals
I was born to travel and write verse.
[Great artists] do not copy what they see, but what they desire.
I am a man for whom the outside world exists.
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.
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.
Brevity never fatigues; therefore, brevity is always a welcome guest.
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.
Books follow morals, and not morals books.
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.
High art alone is eternal and the bust outlives the city.
It may well be that the pictures of Courbet, Manet, Monet and their like contain beauties which escape the notice of such old romantic heads as ours, already streaked with silver threads.
To extract beauty from one's own milieu is one of the most difficult tasks of art.
What well-bred woman would refuse her heart to a man who had just saved her life? Not one; and gratitude is a short cut which speedily leads to love.
Literature has nothing to do with usefulness; the most useful place in any house is the toilet.
The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist.
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