• Waiting is erotic

    Irène Némirovsky
  • Deep within everyone's heart there always remains a sense of longing for that hour, that summer, that one brief moment of blossoming. For several weeks or months, rarely longer, a beautiful young woman lives outside ordinary life. She is intoxicated. She feels as if she exists beyond time, beyond its laws; she experiences not the monotonous succession of days passing by, but moments of intense, almost desperate happiness

    Irène Némirovsky
  • because all happiness is contagious, and disarms the spirit of hatred

    Irène Némirovsky
  • The way a man drinks in company tells you nothing about him, but the way he drinks when alone reveals, without his realizing it, the very depths of his soul

    Irène Némirovsky
  • Heureux sont ceux qui peuvent aimer et haïr sans feinte, sans détour, sans nuance

    Irène Némirovsky
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