The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.
The devotion of one man had given strength and courage to all.
He sauntered. To stray is human. To saunter is Parisian.
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
If you ask the great city, ‘Who is this person?,' she will answer, ‘He is my child.
You have suffered greatly, poor mother. Oh ! do not lament, you have now the portion of the elect. It is in this way that mortals become angels. It is not their fault ; they do not know how to set about it otherwise. This hell from which you have come out is the first step towards Heaven. We must begin by that.
Unhappiness, which also possesses a clearness of vision of its own, augmented the small amount of daylight which existed in this mind.
As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above all, provided that it consents to be dead. If it insists on being alive, we attack it, and we try to kill it.
Me, I'm much more than the master, I am the father.