Colette was born 28 January 1873, and died 3 August 1954
- The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.
- Writing only leads to more writing.
- To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
- A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
- It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.
- Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
- 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.
- Hope costs nothing.
- As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.
- Time spent with a cat is never wasted.
Colette was the pen name of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is best known for her novel Gigi, which provided the plot for the film and musical of the same name.
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