41 Total Quotes

Sidonie Colette Quotes

Sidonie Colette
It's nothing to be born ugly. Sensibly, the ugly woman comes to terms with her ugliness and exploits it as a grace of nature. To become ugly means the beginning of a calamity, self-willed most of the time.
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#Ugliness

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It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
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#French Novelist #Quote of the Day #Friends Or Friendship

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It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses.
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#Grief

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The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.
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#French Novelist

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A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.
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#French Novelist #Men

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The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.
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#French Novelist

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There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.
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#French Novelist

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I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.
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#French Novelist #Love

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Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime / I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness.
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#Doubt

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In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
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#French Novelist #Absence

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Voluptuaries, consumed by their senses, always begin by flinging themselves with a great display of frenzy into an abyss. But they survive, they come to the surface again. And they develop a routine of the abyss: ''It's four o clock. At five I have my abyss... ''
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#Senses #Dissipation

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Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
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#French Novelist #Idleness

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Shall we never have done with that cliche, so stupid that it could only be human, about the sympathy of animals for man when he is unhappy? Animals love happiness almost as much as we do. A fit of crying disturbs them, they'll sometimes imitate sobbing, and for a moment they'll reflect our sadness. But they flee unhappiness as they flee fever, and I believe that in the long run they are capable of boycotting it.
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#Sympathy #Animals

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Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight.
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#French Novelist #Jealousy

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It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
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#French Novelist #Children

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One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.
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#French Novelist #Age And Aging

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Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.
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Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.
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And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.
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#Friends Or Friendship