To a woman who knows her own mind men can only be a minor consideration.
Let us love dogs; let us love only dogs! Men 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.
I am the most interesting book of all.
Nothing is ever so good or so bad in reality as it is in the anticipation.
To live, to have so much ambition, to suffer, to cry, to fight and, at the end, forgetfulness ... as if I had never existed.
Art just consists in making us swallow the commonplaces by charming us eternally.
Art ... is as much a source of happiness for the beginner as for the master. One forgets everything in one's work.
When I die my death will be caused by indignation at the stupidity of human nature.
Life, that is Paris! Paris, that is life!
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.
Soul is as necessary in a painting as body.
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?
... I will never love, for I should never be loved as I desire to be loved.
I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!.
They who see only what they wish to see in those around them are very fortunate.
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.
To say that my grief will be eternal would be ridiculous - nothing is eternal.
The expectation of an unpleasantness is more terrible than the thing itself.
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