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Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger.
 

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
 

On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us - ah! what a dream, to live in that! - the other stifles us at the first breath.
 

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

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
 

Sincerity is not a spontaneous flower nor is modesty either.
 

Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
 

Smokers, male and female, inject and excuse idleness in their lives every time they light a cigarette.
 

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
 

The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.
 

The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then, he sits down a lot of the time.
 

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not.
[Women]
 

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
 

There are no ordinary cats.
[Cats]
 

There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.
 

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
[Cats]
 

To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
 

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
[Events]
 

We only do well the things we like doing.
[Success]
 

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
[Forgiveness]
 


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