The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.
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- Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
- It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.
- The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
- It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who has lost it.
- Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
- There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.