When our desires are fulfilled, we never fail to realize the wealth of imagination and the paucity of reality.
Never tell a loved one of an infidelity: you would be badly rewarded for your troubles. Although one dislikes being deceived, one likes even less to be undeceived.
A sensible woman should be guided by her head when taking a husband, and by her heart when taking a lover.
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
I have always sworn to my lovers to love them eternally, but for me eternity is a quarter of an hour.
The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.
A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
If a man needs a religion to conduct himself properly in this world, it is a sign that he has either a limited mind or a corrupt heart.
Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.
It requires infinitely a greater genius to make love, than to make war.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
After the age of eighty, all contemporaries are friends.
Who has not raised a tombstone, here and there, over buried hopes and dead joys, on the road of life? Like the scars of the heart, they are not to be obliterated.
Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too.
One must choose between loving women and knowing them.
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