Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Thirteen 92: Quotes by Colette

Colette was born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (January 28, 1873 – August 3, 1954), and always wrote under the name "Colette." She was a French writer best known for "Gigi" (1944), which was adapted to both stage and screen. She published around 50 novels, including: "The Vagabond" (1910), "Music-Hall Sidelights" (1913), "The Last of Cheri" (1926) and "La Chatte" (1933). Here are a few quotes from Colette.


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.

The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.

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

The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree.

Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.

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.

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.

Shall we never have done with that cliche, so stupid that it could only be human, about the sympathy of animals for man when he is unhappy? Animals love happiness almost as much as we do. A fit of crying disturbs them, they'll sometimes imitate sobbing, and for a moment they'll reflect our sadness. But they flee unhappiness as they flee fever, and I believe that in the long run they are capable of boycotting it.

Writing only leads to more writing.

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


Stephanie Adkins * Mel * Lia Morgan
Adelle Laudan * Shelley Munro * Janice Seagraves
Ms Menozzi * Inez Kelley * Jennifer McKenzie
Paige Tyler * Alice Audrey * Mary

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Alice Audrey said...

I love doing foolish things with enthusiasm. :)

Mary said...

I think it's true that writing leads to more writing. The only hard part is getting started!

Jennifer McKenzie said...

LMAO! Writing leads to more writing. Ain't it the truth.

Heather said...

Alice - you should!

Mary - Getting started...isn't that the truth!

Jennifer - Ain't it the truth indeed! *grin*

Ms Menozzi said...

Fantastic list! I'll be copying a bunch of these down and putting them by the computer for inspiration.

Happy TT!

Eaton Bennett said...

Heather, I drank in everyone of those quotes. But the one that moved me the most is #1. Thank you for sharing those. Happy TT! :)

Mel said...

Love these! Thanks for sharing these! :)

Shelley Munro said...

She said some excellent things. I liked most of them.

Adelle said...

These are great Heather. Happy T13!

Janice said...

A lot of nice quotes there, I copied one to paste some where.

Happy TT.


Stephanie Adkins said...

Those are so true. I especially love the one about humor. :)

Heather said...

Ms Menozzi, Eaton, Mel, Shelley, Adelle, Stephanie and Janice -

Thank you! I'm glad you all liked! *grin*