Paul Charles Joseph Bourget Quotes

Flirting is the sin of the virtuous and the virtue of the sinful.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

This teaching is to live as we think, otherwise, sooner or later, we end up thinking as we lived.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

I have been thinking about our conversation and about your book, and I am afraid that I expressed myself badly yesterday. When I said that one may love and be loved at any age I ought to have added that sometimes this love comes too late. It comes when one no longer has the right to prove to the loved one how much she is loved, except by love's sacrifice.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

The story he told me was "per sfogarsi," as Bayle loved to say; his idea was that I would not discover the real hero. I shall always believe that it was his own story under another name, and I love to believe it because it was so exactly his way of looking at things...

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

Have the courage to analyze great emotions to create characters who shall be lofty and true. The whole art of the analytical novel lies there.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

Look at Goethe, at Lamartine and at many others! To depict feelings on this high plane, you must give up the process of minute and insignificant observation which is the bane of the artists of to-day.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

I have retired to Nemours to work upon a novel called The Age for Love, and it is on this subject that I wished to consult you, my dear master.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

It is vain to try to sacrifice once for all one's youthful ideals. When a man has loved literature as I loved it at twenty, he cannot be satisfied at twenty-six to give up his early passion, even at the bidding of implacable necessity.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

Even after making up one's mind to the sacrifices I had decided upon, there is always left a trace of envy for those who have triumphed in the melancholy struggle for literary supremacy.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

There are conditions of blindness so voluntary that they become complicity.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

There is only one thing infamous in love, and that is a falsehood.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

At certain moments, words are nothing; it is the tone in which they are uttered.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

There is iconoclasm in the excessively intellectual, and they delight in destroying their dearest moral or sentimental idols, the better to prove their strength.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

The forests have taught man liberty.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

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