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Francoise Sagan Quotes

A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you.

After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.

Art must take reality by surprise.

Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.

I have loved to the point of madness; that which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love.

I like men to behave like men. I like them strong and childish.

It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.

Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.

Love lasts about seven years. That's how long it takes for the cells of the body to totally replace themselves.

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.

One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.

Only by pursuing the extremes in one's nature, with all its contradictions, appetites, aversions, rages, can one hope to understand a little ... oh, I admit only a very little ... of what life is about.
[Self Knowledge]

The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.

Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.