Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.
If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
Topics: Desire, Self-Discovery, Desires
The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it… I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.
Topics: Writing, Writers, Authors & Writing
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.
Topics: Biography, Legacy
Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.
Topics: Aging, Time, Age
A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body.
Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year’s time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.
Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped on the material in hand.
Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires
seems true. Everything that is not puts us into a rage.
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