Women are always eagerly on the lookout for any emotion.
Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.
The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse - as a luxury befitting a young man.
It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
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.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
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.
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.
The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.
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.
The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.
This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.
Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.