Perhaps the only misplaced curiosity is that which persists in trying to find out here, on this side of death, what lies beyond the grave.
You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
Nothing ages a woman like living in the country.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.
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.
The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.
The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.
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