Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Quotes

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Sidonie Gabrielle 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.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Boredom helps one to make decisions.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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