I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.
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.
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.
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.
I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.
You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.
A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.
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.
Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.
There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.
A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.
The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.