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Natalie Clifford Barney Quotes

(1876-1972), American-born French Author

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.

Category: Abstinence

To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.

Category: Autonomy

Eternity -- waste of time.

Category: Eternity

Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.

Category: Faces

Novels are longer than life.

Category: Fiction

We know all their gods; they ignore ours. What they call our sins are our gods, and what they call their gods, we name otherwise.

Category: God

If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.

Category: Impartiality

Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones.

Category: Intentions

How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue

Category: Leisure

The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight.

Category: Love At First Sight

Lovers should also have their days off.

Category: Lovers

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?

Category: Possessions

There are. intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.

Category: Reality

Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the inevitable.

Category: Resignation

Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.

Category: Virtue