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"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."

"It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses."

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

"A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts."

"The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives."

"If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles."

"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."

"January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead."

"Total absence of humor renders life impossible."

"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."

"Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger."

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

"In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge."

"I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart."

"Writing only leads to more writing."

"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."

"No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object."

"Give me a dozen such heartbreaks, if that would help me lose a couple of pounds."

"My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved."

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

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