"Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty."
"We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are."
"A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
"The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other."
"Love is the poetry of the senses."
"A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea."
"When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues."
"Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact."
"If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye."