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    Colette Quotes

    French novelist

    Quotes by Colette

    • A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
    • Hope costs nothing.
    • There are days when solitude, for someone my age, 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.
      'Freedom,' 1908
    • Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
      Chance Acquaintances, 1952
    • You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
      in New York World-Telegram and Sun, 1961
    • The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.
      Paris From My Window, 1944
    • We only do well the things we like doing.
      Prisons and Paradise, 1932
    • I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.
      The Last of Cheri, 1926
    • It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
      The Pure and the Impure, 1932
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