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Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Quotes

(1873-1954), French Author

It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.

Category: Absence

One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.

Category: Age And Aging

You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.

Category: Age And Aging

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.

Category: Animals

You do not notice changes in what is always before you.

Category: Change

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

Category: Children

On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us --ah! what a dream, to live in that! --the other stifles us at the first breath.

Category: Choice

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.

Category: Courtesy

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... ''

Category: Dissipation

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Category: Enthusiasm

And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.

Category: Friends And Friendship

But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious.

Category: Friends And Friendship

My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Girls

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

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