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SIDONIE GABRIELLE COLETTE
French novelist
(1873 - 1954)

A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude.
      - [Animals]

Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on.
      - [Dogs]

By an image we hold on to our lost treasures, but it is the wrenching loss that forms the image, composes, binds the bouquet.
      - [Loss]

For to dream and then to return to reality only means that our qualms suffer a change of place and significance.
      - [Dreams]

Give me a dozen such heartbreaks, if that would help me lose a couple of pounds.
      - [Diet]

Hope costs nothing.
      - [Hope]

In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.
      - [Insomnia]

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
      - [Temptation]

Real poverty is lack of books.
      - [Books]

That provisional tomb where the living exile sighs, weeps, fights and succumbs, and is born again, remembering nothing, with the day.
      - [Sleep]

The day after that wedding night I found that a distance of a thousand miles, abyss and discovery and irremediable metamorphosis, separated me from the day before.
      - [Matrimony]

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
      - [Cats]

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
      - [Humor]

We only do well the things we like doing.
      - [Doing]

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
      - [Enthusiasm]

What a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised!
      - Earthly Paradise: An Autobiography
        [Friendship]


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