Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
Success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblances to merit.... They confound the brilliance of the firmament with the star-shaped footprints of a duck in the mud.
To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
In the relations of humans with the animals, with the flowers, with all the objects of creation, there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet.
Everything Changes. The only thing that remains immovable across the centuries and fixes the character of a people is cooking.
And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.
Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of child
He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.
Not being heard is no reason for silence.
He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.
I have examined the death penalty under each of its two aspects: as a direct action, and as an indirect one. What does it come down to? Nothing but something horrible and useless, nothing but a way of shedding blood that is called a crime when an individual commits it, but is sadly called "justice"
For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.
God whose gifts in gracious floodUnto all who seek are sent,Only asks you to be goodAnd is content.
Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time. To journey is to be born and die each minute...All the elements of life are in constant flight from us, with darkness and clarity intermingled, the vision and the eclipse; we look and hasten, reaching o
Revolutions are not born of chance but of necessity.
Years place at last a venerable crown upon a head.
One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean.
The day that a woman who is passing before you sheds a light upon you as she goes, you are lost, you love. You have then but one thing to do: to think of her so earnestly that she will be compelled to think of you.
To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
The production of souls is the secret of unfathomable depth.
God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains.
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.
Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. Victor
The soul does not give itself up to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.
I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.
A war between Europeans is a civil war.