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Comtesse Diane

  • A multiplicity of explanations undermine their own credibility.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Boredom is the fear of self.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • It is unfair to hold people responsible for our illusions about them.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • The years that a woman subtracts from her age are not lost: they are added to the ages of other women.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • One speaks on behalf of others, one acts on behalf of oneself.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • It is not enough to become admired, one must also be forgiven for it.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • One suffers in silence from the trouble that humiliates.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Kind words do not console us for criticism; they seem less sincere to us.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • The compulsion to rescue willy-nilly those who are drowning strikes to the heart of our freedoms. I am all for fishing out of the water those who fall in, but let us respect those who have thrown themselves in.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Pulled from the water, the suicide is obliged to begin again to die.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Doubt is a necessity of the mind, faith of the heart.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Prejudices are the refuge of those who cannot think for themselves.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Poets are those who know how to give shape to my dreams.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Parents are friends that life gives us; friends are parents that the heart chooses.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Ridicule is like a wolf: it only destroys those who fear it.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • One has to be very religious to change one's religion.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
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  • When unable to appear to be someone, one can always appear to have been someone; everyone is capable of this.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • It would seem that the fortunes of the rich belong to everybody, since everybody has an idea about how they should be used.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Every one who is loved has lost the right to die.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Devotion to one's family is only egoism of a lesser kind.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • One must be born an artist in order to do the work of becoming one.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Every joy digs its own grave.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Events never arrive as we fear they will, nor as we hope they will.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Talent makes us larger than we are, self-denial makes us smaller.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • How do they who think they are unhappy differ from they who actually are?

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Talent is forgiven only in the dead; those who are still standing cast shadows.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • What a poet is hope! what a painter the memory!

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Laziness is an art, idleness is only a craft.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Awkwardness steps on a platter; clumsiness breaks it.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • We more quickly forget kindnesses than offenses: caresses leave fewer traces than bites.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Each country has its own style, its own customs, even its own insanities.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Gratitude weighs heavily on us only when we no longer feel it.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • In families, the youngest child is made much of. In the world of literature, it is quite other: the most recent book is found inferior to the first, and is whipped with the lauriers of its brother.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()
  • Old age would be the most happy of the stages of life, if only one did not know it was the last.

    • Comtesse Diane,
    • Les Glanes de la Vie
    • ()

Comtesse Diane, French writer

(1829 - 1899)

Real name: Comtesse Marie Josephine de Suin de Beausacq. Sometimes referred to as Diane de Beausacq.