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When someone that you love dies..it's like fireworks suddenly burning out in the sky and everything going black.

("The Elegance of the Hedgehog")

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When something is bothering me, I seek refuge. No need to travel far; a trip to the realm of literary memory will suffice. For where can one find more noble distraction, more entertaining company, more delightful enchantment than in literature?
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The French are often, when it comes to wine, so formal that they border on the ridiculous.
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The real ordeal is not leaving those you love but learning to live without those who don't love you.
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How can one betray oneself to such a degree? What corruption greater even than power can lead us to thus deny the proof of pleasure, to hold in contempt that which we have loved? ...I could have written about chouquettes my whole life long; and my whole life long, I wrote against them.
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I know that they're all unhappy because nobody loves the right person the way they should and because they don't understand that it's really their own self that they're mad at.
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Beautiful things should belong to beautiful souls.
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