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Georgette Leblanc

  • ... his eyes were always lowered — they have never borne the weight of another's gaze.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • Timidity cut the flow of his phrases. He got on with his story like an automobile that is always stalling. One wanted to come to his rescue by finishing his sentences for him.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • ... by what miracle could he understand me? I was experiencing the inevitable consequence of a nature like mine — a nature too diverse and made up of extreme opposites. I could with discipline secretly harmonize my elements; by dint of regulating myself properly, to my own ears I sounded in tune. But I thought that such subtle attuning would never be perceptible to anyone else. I knew then, I know still, that I sound off-key to those who do not listen with attention.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • We do not yet know each other because we have not yet dared to be silent together.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • All the goodness, beauty and perfection of a human being belong to the one who knows how to recognize these qualities.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • One evening on reading aloud his daily pages he said, 'I steal from you, don't I?' He laughed and continued reading. ... I asked, 'When you quote me in The Treasure of the Humble why have you put each time, "an old philosopher said ..." or else "an old friend said ..." or "I do not know what sage has said ..." or merely quotation marks?' Astonished, he lifted his head. 'But don't you see it would be ridiculous to mention you. You're on the stage, a singer, nobody would believe me. It would be ridiculous.'

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, on Maurice Maeterlinck, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • In him I saw of what luck essentially consists — a subconscious that invites it, an organism that is obedient to it and a character that counts on it.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • Without imagination, nothing is dangerous.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • Passion, that thing of beauty, that flowering without roots, has to be born, live and die without reason.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • To live is often only to have a choice of several despairs.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1914, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • ... a personality devoted uniquely to its own development absorbs other lives.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()
  • ... we can search for and attain to only one being, that one which was given us, which is within us and which awaits its birth from ourselves. Each day I feel that I leave myself a little more, the better to go toward my encounter with myself.

    • Georgette Leblanc,
    • 1898, in Janet Flanner, trans., Souvenirs: My Life With Maeterlinck ()

Georgette Leblanc, French actor

(1869 - 1941)