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?
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.
She who draws noble delights from the sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though she has never written a line in all her life.
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius
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.
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