When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.— Natalie Clifford Barney
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... anything difficult to say must be shouted from the rooftops.
Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?
Lovers should also have their days off.
Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.
Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the inevitable.
If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.
To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.
Sensuality, wanting a religion, invented Love.
Tea - that perfume that one drinks, that connecting hyphen.
The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight.
Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones.
Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
We are nearly all composed of such a complex mixture of human qualities that in each one of us reside both masculine and feminine principles: what man is without any female attribute and what woman never demonstrates any masculine characteristics?
There are. intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.
How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue
Eternity -- waste of time.
Novels are longer than life.
I am not a bibliophile but a humanophile: I look for rare human beings.
All expression, all art, is an indiscretion we commit against ourselves.
This is not an 'impoverishment' but an increase in wealth, for it is in this way that we make the short hours of our lives live on beyond themselves.
A good book is never exhausted; we are never exhausted by a good book.
Silence too can be indiscreet.
Paris has always seemed to me to be the only city in which one can live as one sees fit.
One is not oneself every day-fortunately.
Our shadows are taller than ourselves.
My queerness is not a vice, is not deliberate, and harms no one.
How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue.
Our prejudices, our antipathies, are our natural defenses against what we could not assimilate.
To be married is to be neither alone nor together.
To mis-quote is the very foundation of original style.
The success of most writers is almost entirely due to continuous and courageous abuse of familiar misquotation.
To those who ask if I have read their book, I reply: I have not yet read Homer.
if I had one ambition it was to make my life itself into a poem.
With renunciation life begins.
That parasite: the past.
Perhaps a reign of powerful women is necessary to make, or unmake when need be, powerful men. Women would not waste so readily and uselessly the lives they had such care and pain in bearing. Why should they submit to the massacre of the innocent, one generation after another ... and allow them to be brought up as live-stock for the inevitable killing?
Like all religions, love has more believers than practitioners.
If only art were as rare as good taste.
I judge people's charm by the ease with which I express myself in their presence.
A scholar's heart is a dark well in which are buried many aborted feelings that rise to the surface as arguments.
Fashion: the search for a new absurdity.
Being bilingual is like having a wife and a mistress. One can never be sure of either.
albinos aren't reproached for having pink eyes and whitish hair, why should they hold it again me for being a lesbian? It's a question of nature: my queerness isn't a vice, isn't 'deliberate,' and harms no one.
What makes bad writers so annoying is their good passages.
Eternity: what a waste of time.
Might I be the one I am looking for?
In love there is no status quo.
Some people make it hard for me to believe in universal evolution.
I do not understand those who spend hours at the theater watching scenes between people whom they would not listen to for five minutes in real life.