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Elsa Triolet

  • All the other cities of the world are simply branches of Paris.

    • Elsa Triolet,
    • "Notebooks Buried," A Fine of Two Hundred Francs ()
  • There's no place where one can breathe as freely as on the deck of a ship.

    • Elsa Triolet,
    • "Notebooks Buried," A Fine of Two Hundred Francs ()
  • I love the melody of an unknown language, the strange food, all the surprises of a strange town, and my own impatience and curiosity ... I love traveling as others love the gaming table; I anticipate a new place as others anticipate the next number to come up.

    • Elsa Triolet,
    • "Notebooks Buried," A Fine of Two Hundred Francs ()
  • Do not be astonished at anything, even happiness.

  • You can kill time or kill yourself, it comes to the same thing in the end.

  • To be a prophet it is sufficient to be a pessimist.

  • She had perfect taste, just as others have perfect pitch.

  • Tolerance enlarges the circle of our acquaintances.

  • Justice, like vengeance, is not good eaten cold.

  • Tell me what you dream, and I'll tell you who you are ...

  • There is no happiness for a society ruled by distrust.

  • I have not got time to die.

  • It's a good thing nobody can hear me think.

  • Death does not exaggerate.

Elsa Triolet, Russian-born French writer

(1896 - 1970)

Full name: Elsa Yur’evna Kagan Triolet. She also wrote as Laurent Daniel (see quotations under that name).