Colette Quotes

Most popular Colette Quotes

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
— Colette

wisdom

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.

humor

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
— Colette

pets

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
— Colette

mistakes advisory

One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave.

old age

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
— Colette

positive

Jealousy is the only evil we endure without becoming accustomed to it.
— Colette

jealousy

With jealousy, one has no time to be bored, and hardly time to grow old.
— Colette

jealousy

Love comes disguised as a thunderbolt and often vanishes at the same pace.

love

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.

friendship

The seduction emanating from a person of uncertain or dissimulated sex is powerful.

androgyny

It is prudent to pour the oil of delicate politeness upon the machinery of friendship.
— Colette

friendship

When a man wants to deceive you, he'll find a way of escape through the tiniest of holes.
— Colette

men

A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude.

animals kindness

A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.
— Colette

women's rights equality

Humility has its origin in an awareness of unworthiness, and sometimes too in a dazzled awareness of saintliness.

humility

Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
— Colette

writers

There are days when solitude 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.
— Colette

solitude

Friendship, which is of its nature a delicate thing, fastidious, slow of growth, is easily checked, will hesitate, demur, recoil where love, good old blustering love, bowls ahead and blunders through every obstacle.

love friendship

There are days when solitude, for someone of my age, is a heady wine which 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.

solitude

Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime—I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness.
— Colette

relationships