Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.

— Francoise Sagan

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It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.

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To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.

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There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.

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Art must take reality by surprise.

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Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.

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I have loved to the point of madness;

That which is called madness, That which to me, Is the only sensible way to love.

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A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you.

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One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.

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Love lasts about seven years. That's how long it takes for the cells of the body to totally replace themselves.

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People respect unhappiness and find it especially hard to forgive success.

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For what are we looking for if not to please? I do not know if the desire to attract others comes from a superabundance of vitality, possessiveness, or the hidden, unspoken need to be reassured.

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I always believe things are going to work out.

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About Francoise Sagan

Quotes 83 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Playwright
Birthday October 16

If you treat life well, life is usually good to you.

And I love life. There's a long-standing affair between us.

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For this was the round of love: fear which leads on desire, tenderness and fury, and that brutal anguish which triumphantly follows pleasure.

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There is no such thing as an ideal man. The ideal man is the man you love at the moment.

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For me writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz.

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I was thinking that I should be content to kiss him until the break of day.

Bertrand ran out of kisses too soon; desire made them superfluous in his eyes. They were only a stage on the road to pleasure, not something inexhaustible and self-sufficient, as Luc had revealed them to me.

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I did not find him absurd. I saw he was kind, that he was on the verge of real love. I thought it would be nice for me to be in love with him, too.

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You should celebrate the end of a love affair as they celebrate death in New Orleans, with songs, laughter, dancing and a lot of wine.

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Whisky, gambling and Ferraris are better than housework.

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Marriage? It's like asparagus eaten with vinaigrette or hollandaise, a matter of taste but of no importance.

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Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.

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Unhappiness has nothing to teach, and resignation is ugly.

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After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again.

He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.

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A love affair based on jealousy is doomed from the start .

.. It is certanly a sign of love, but it's a sign that it's already dying.

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The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.

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Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.

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We are torn between the craving to know and the despair of having known.

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When man, Apollo man, rockets into space, it isn't in order to find his brother, I'm quite sure of that. It's to confirm that he hasn't any brothers.

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The happiness of others is never bearable for very long.

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In love, as in finance, only the rich can get credit.

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Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm.

I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.

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Usually I avoided college students, whom I considered brutal, wrapped up in themselves, particularly in their youth, in which they found material for drama or an excuse for their own boredom. I did not care for young people.

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It amused me to think that one can tell the truth when one is drunk and nobody will believe it.

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I've often found myself preferring second-rate people to supposedly superior people, simply and solely because of their uncontrollable tendency to bang themselves against the sides of life's vast lampshade like fireflies or moths.

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I found myself both touched and irritated by the discovery that she was vulnerable.

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I've read Proust and Stendhal. That keeps you in your place.

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At night, time becomes a calm sea. It goes on for ever.

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He lifted me up and held me close against him, my head on his shoulder.

At that moment I loved him. In the morning light he was as golden, as soft, as gentle as myself, and he would protect me.

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What you call types of mind are only mental ages.

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No one, but no one, ever behaves 'well' in bed unless they love or are loved - two conditions seldom fulfilled.

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I dreamt of being a writer once I started to read.

I started to write 'Bonjour Tristesse' in bistros around the Sorbonne. I finished it, I sent it to editors. It was accepted.

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Love is worth whatever it costs.

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I don't think there's any intrinsic difference between a lover and a husband.

... If I were cynical, I would say that a woman should have both a good husband and a lover. But I'm not cynical so I'll just say that a woman should have a lover who's a good husband and a husband who's a good lover, perhaps both.

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One partner is always more in love than the other.

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He refused categorically all ideas of fidelity or serious commitments.

He explained that they were arbitrary and sterile. From anyone else such views would have shocked me, but I knew that in his case they did not exclude tenderness and devotion - feelings which came all the more easily to him since he was determined that they should be transient.

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A Strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow. The idea of sorrow has always appealed to me but now I am almost ashamed of it's complete egoism. I have known boredom, regret, and occasionally remorse, but never sorrow. Today it envelops me like a silken web, enervating and soft, and sets me apart from everybody else.

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I recognize limitations in the sense that I've read Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky and Shakespeare . . . Aside from that I don't think of limiting myself.

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The rich have a passion for bargains as lively as it is pointless.

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