George Sand Love quotes and Sayings
2. I regard as a mortal sin not only the lying of the senses in matters of love, but also the illusion which the senses seek to create where love is only partial. I say, I believe, that one must love with all of one’s being, or else live, come what may, a life of complete chastity.
3. Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.
4. Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?
5. Whoever has loved knows all that life contains of sorrow and joy.
6. Know how to replace in your heart, by the happiness of those you love, the happiness that may be wanting to yourself.
7. A day will come when everything in my life will be changed, when I shall do good to others, when some one will love me, when I shall give my whole heart to the man who gives me his; meanwhile, you will suffer in silence and keep my love as a reward for him who shall set me free.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Amantine (also “Amandine”) Aurore Lucile Dupin, later Baroness (French: baronne) Dudevant (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a French novelist. She is considered by some a feminist although she refused to join this movement. She is regarded as the first French female novelist to gain a major reputation.
Sayings by George Sand
1. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
2. Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
3. No human creature can give orders to love.
4. No one makes a revolution by himself; and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes without quite knowing how, because it is everybody who takes them in hand.
5. One changes from day to day, and… after a few years have passed one has completely altered.
6. Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
7. The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.
8. Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one’s talent, and one’s inner happiness.
9. Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
10. One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.
11. You can bind my body, tie my hands, govern my actions: you are the strongest, and society adds to your power; but with my will, sir, you can do nothing.
12. If they are ignorant, they are despised, if learned, mocked. In love they are reduced to the status of courtesans. As wives they are treated more as servants than as companions. Men do not love them: they make use of them, they exploit them, and expect, in that way, to make them subject to the law of fidelity.
13. Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.
14. The old woman I shall become will be quite different from the woman I am now. Another I is beginning.
15. It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The
reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.
16. The world will know and understand me someday. But if that day does not arrive, it does not greatly matter. I shall have opened the way for other women.
17. The most honest of men is the one who thinks and acts best, but the most powerful is the one who writes and speaks best.