Colette Quotes

Colette Quotes

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.

The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.

If he's getting married, he's not longer interesting.

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.

It is only in pain that a woman is capable of rising above mediocrity. Her resistance to pain is infinite; one can use and abuse it without any fear that she will die, as long as some childish physical cowardice or some religious hope keeps her from the suicide that offers her a way out.

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

No one asked you to be happy. Get to work.

Be happy. It's one way of being wise

All this is still my kingdom, a small portion of the splendid riches which God distributes to passers-by, to wanderers and to solitaries. The earth belongs to anyone who stops for a moment, gazes and goes on his way; the whole sun belongs to the naked lizard who basks in it.

Hope costs nothing.

Time spent with a cat is never wasted.

A few days later, I found my mother beneath the tree, motionless with excitement, her head turned toward the heavens in which she would allow human religions no place.

I did not look for her, because I was afraid of dispelling the mystery we attach to people whom we know only casually.

Don't you think, that there are very few men who know, without raising their voice or changing their tone, to say...what has to be said?

look for a long time at what pleases you, and longer still at what pains you...

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