Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

[Colette] (1873-1954 / Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye)

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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Colette was the surname of the French novelist and performer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954). She is best known for her novel Gigi, upon which Lerner and Loewe based the stage and film musical comedies of the same title. more »

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  • ''It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. The Priest on the Wall (1922).
  • ''When I had reached my term, I looked like a rat dragging a stolen egg.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French novelist. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
  • ''Don't ever wear artistic jewelry; it wrecks a woman's reputation.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. Aunt Alicia, in Gigi (1944, trans.1953). When asked (by Gilberte) "What is an arti...
  • ''A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. Aunt Alicia, in Gigi (1944, trans. 1953). When asked why, Aunt Alicia replied, "Be...
  • 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 ...
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. repr. In Journey for Myself (1971). "Beauties," Quatre Saisons (c. 1928).
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