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" Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings. "
" There are no rules, no models; rather, there are no rules other than the general laws of Nature. "
" Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter. "
" I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores. "
" Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh. "
" All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. "
" Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. "
" My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic. "
" Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great. "
" Habit is the nursery of errors. "
" It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes. "
" To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God. "
" Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. "
" To contemplate is to look at shadows. "
" We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution. "
" What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French. "
" Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive. "
" I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss! "
" No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep. "
" As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled. "
" No one can keep a secret better than a child. "
" I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul. "
" To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it. "
" Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant. "
" The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness. "
" There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height. "
" I'm religiously opposed to religion. "
" A noble soul and real poetic talent are almost always inseparable. "
" When liberty returns, I will return. "
" He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life. "
" The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God. "