Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. Speech on being elected to the Belgian Academy. "Lady of Letters," pt. 4, Earthly Paradise, ed. Robert Phelps (1966).
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  • ''Humility has its origin in an awareness of unworthiness, and sometimes too in a dazzled awareness of saintliness.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. Speech on being elected to the Belgian Academy. "Lady of Letters," pt. 4, published in Earthly Paradise, ed. Robert Phelps (1966).
  • ''Nothing ages a woman like living in the country.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French novelist. "On Tour," Music Hall Sidelights (1913).
  • ''No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. "Temptations," pt. 4, Earthly Paradise, "Human Nature," ed. Robert Phelps (1966).
  • ''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.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. repr. In The Collected Stories of Colette (1983). "The Photographer's Wife," Gigi (1945).
  • ''In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. repr. In The Collected Stories of Colette (1983). "The Photographer's Wife," in Gigi (1945).
  • ''It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French novelist. "The Priest on the Wall," My Mother's House (1922).
  • ''Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. repr. in Earthly Paradise, pt. 2, "Freedom" (1966). The Pure and the Impure (1933).
  • ''Perhaps the only misplaced curiosity is that which persists in trying to find out here, on this side of death, what lies beyond the grave.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. repr. in Earthly Paradise, pt. 2, "Freedom," ed. Robert Phelps (1966). The Pure and the Impure (1933).
  • ''It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.''
    Colette [Sidonie Gabrielle Colette] (1873-1954), French author. The Pure and the Impure, ch. 9 (1933, trans.1966).

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