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Colette Quotes

About Colette


Life: 1873 - 1954

Colette was the pen name of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (January 28, 1873 - August 3, 1954). She is best known, at least in the English-speaking world, for her novel Gigi, which provided the plot for a Lerner & Loewe musical film and stage musical.




My dear sir, they don't debate. Each of them merely issues an ultimatum, and in what a tone! It all goes to show what extraordinary people they are, each more unequivocal than the other.

~ Colette

- The Old Lady and the Bear

Time spent with cats is never wasted.

~ Colette

There are no ordinary cats.

~ Colette

One keeps on forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grace.

~ Colette

- My mother and Illness in My Mother's House, 1922

It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.

~ Colette

Hope costs nothing.

~ Colette

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

~ Colette
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