Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

— George Sand

The most unique George Sand quotes to discover and learn by heart

We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.

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The cigar is the perfect complement to an elegant lifestyle.

73

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, and one's inner happiness.

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The trade of authorship is a violent, and indestructible obsession.

63

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world;

it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.

62

It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution.

The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.

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Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.

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The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment;

the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

53

You may impose silence upon me, but you can not prevent me from thinking.

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I'm beginning to believe that there are angels disguised as men who pass themselves off as such and who inhabit the earth for a while to console and lift up with them toward heaven the poor, exhausted and saddened souls who were ready to perish here below.

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Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.

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Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.

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About George Sand

Quotes 175 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?

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If people were not wicked I should not mind their being stupid;

but, to our misfortune, they are both.

28

It is love, not faith, that moves mountains.

27

Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.

22

Humanity is outraged in me and with me.

We must not dissimulate nor try to forget this indignation, which is one of the most passionate forms of love.

20

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.

19

A cigar numbs sorrow and fills the solitary hours with a million gracious images.

19

I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion.

The profession of writing is a violent and almost indestructible one.

18

Experience is always a trustworthy guide; it may not tell you everything, but it never lies.

18

Believe in no other God than the one who insists on justice and equality among men.

17

The world will know and understand me someday.

But if that day does not arrive, it does not greatly matter. I shall have opened the way for other women.

16

I love everything that makes up a milieu, the rolling of the carriages and the noise of the workmen in Paris, the cries of a thousand birds in the country, the movement of the ships on the waters. I love also absolute, profound silence, and, in short, I love everything that is around me, no matter where I am.

13

Art for art's sake is an empty phrase.

Art for the sake of truth, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for.

12

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.

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The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.

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Discouragement seizes us only when we can no longer count on chance.

11

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

11

I would rather believe that God did not exist than believe that he was indifferent.

10

I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.

10

Heavens! whatever possesses us, here below, that we mutually torment ourselves, sourly reproach our mutual faults, and mercilessly condemn all that is not cut according to our pattern?

10

Women love always: when earth slips from them, they take refuge in heaven.

10

I needn't tell you that success and failure prove nothing - the whole thing is a lottery. It's pleasant to succeed; but for a philosophic mind it oughtn't to be very upsetting to fail.

9

Punctuation has its own philosophy, just as style does, although not as language does. Style is a good understanding of language, punctuation is a good understanding of style.

8

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

7

Talent, will and genius are natural phenomena like the lake, the volcano, the mountain, the wind, the star, the cloud.

7

Young love needs dangers and barriers to nourish it.

6

Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect

6

Be prudent, and if you hear, * * * some insult or some threat, * * * have the appearance of not hearing it.

6

Gossiping is the plague of little towns.

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living for oneself is a bad thing. The keenest intellectual pleasure comes from being able to return to the self after being absent from it for a spell. But living all the time inside the self, that most tyrannical, demanding and capricious of companions - no, one shouldn't do it.

5

When they are among us cats are angels

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I say, I believe, that one must love with all of one's being.

4

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved...

4

No human being can control love, and no one is to blame either for feeling it or for losing it. What alone degrades a woman is falsehood.

4

Know how to replace in your heart, by the happiness of those you love, the happiness that may be wanting to yourself

4

I see upon their noble brows the seal of the Lord, for they were born kings of the earth far more truly than those who possess it only from having bought it.

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Admiration and familiarity are strangers.

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