People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story.
Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
If you think of paying court to the men in power, your eternal ruin is assured.
True love makes the thought of death frequent, easy, without terrors; it merely becomes the standard of comparison, the price one would pay for many things.
This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.
In matters of sentiment, the public has very crude ideas; and the most shocking fault of women is that they make the public the supreme judge of their lives.
I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.
Friendship has its illusions no less than love.
If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.
In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.
Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness.
A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.
A forty-year-old woman is only something to men who have loved her in her youth.
It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.