Literary Birthday - 28 January - Colette

Colette was born 28 January 1873, and died 3 August 1954


  1. The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.
  2. Writing only leads to more writing.
  3. To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one. 
  4. A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Hope costs nothing.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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