Quotes by Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Give me a dozen such heartbreaks, if that would help me lose a couple of pounds.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette