George Sand Quotes

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
George Sand
Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good — that is the creed I seek.
George Sand (Letter to Alexandre Saint-Jean, 1872)
Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.
George Sand
The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.
George Sand (Letter to Armand Barbes, 1867)
Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
George Sand
Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
George Sand (Metella, 1833)
In the stormy days of our youth, we imagine that solitude is a sure refuge from the assaults of life, a certain balm for the wounds of battle. This is a serious mistake, and experience teaches us that, if we cannot live in peace with our fellow-men, neither romantic raptures nor aesthetic enjoyment will ever fill the abyss gaping at the bottom of our hearts.
George Sand (Un Hiver à Majorque, 1855)
I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent and almost indestructible one.
George Sand (Letter to Jules Boucoiran, 1831)
Admiration and familiarity are strangers. 
George Sand
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.
George Sand (The Story of My Life, 1856)
The eye of the body is not always that of the soul.
George Sand (Handomse Lawrence, 1870)
It is sad, no doubt, to exhaust one's strength and one's days in cleaving the bosom of this jealous earth, which compels us to wring from it the treasures of its fertility, when a bit of the blackest and coarsest bread is, at the end of the day's work, the sole recompense and the sole profit attaching to so arduous a toil.
George Sand (The Haunted Pool, 1851)
Masterpieces are only lucky attempts.
George Sand (François le Champi, 1850)
Life is a long ache which rarely sleeps and can never be cured.
George Sand (Letter to Pierre-François Bocage, 1845)
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?
George Sand (The Story of My Life, 1856)
Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.
George Sand (Letter)
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
George Sand (Mauprat, 1837)
Women love always: when earth slips from them, they take refuge in heaven.
George Sand
Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.
George Sand (Letter, 1866)
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.
George Sand
Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.
George Sand
Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof.
George Sand (François le Champi, 1850)
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
George Sand (La Mare au Diable, 1851)
Immodest creature, you do not want a woman who will accept your faults, you want the one who pretends you are faultless – one who will caress the hand that strikes her and kiss the lips that lie to her.
George Sand (Letter, 1837)
Vanity is the quicksand of reason. 
George Sand
Can one thus resume one's self? Can one know one's self? Is one ever somebody? I don't know anything about it any more. It now seems to me that one changes from day to day and that every few years one becomes a new being.
George Sand (Her last words in her journal, 1868)

George Sand Biography

Born: July 1, 1804
Died: June 8, 1876

Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin or better known by her pseudonym George Sand was a French novelist and memoirist. She is best known for her various works and for her prominent role in feminist history.

Notable Works

Indiana (1832)
Mauprat (1837)
Consuelo (1842)
La Petite Fadette (1849)

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