Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

National Poetry Month Spotlight – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette


image by Jacques Hebert – Colette (French: [kɔ.lɛt]; Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.[1] Her best known work, the novella Gigi (1944), was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress and a journalist.


“Sit down and put down everything that comes

into your head and then you’re a writer.

But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth,

without pity, and destroy most of it.” 



As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist,

one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary

bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.

colette sitting









On this narrow planet,

we have only the choice

between two unknown worlds.

One of them tempts us –

ah! what a dream, to live in that! –

the other stifles us at the first breath








There is no need to

waste pity on young girls

who are having their moments

of disillusionment,

for in another moment

they will recover their illusion.










My true friends

have always given me

that supreme proof of devotion,

a spontaneous aversion

for the man I loved.


Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette


“Total absence of humor renders life impossible.” Colette

New Be Happy - Colette


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About DiAnne Ebejer

I am retired and live on the East coast of Florida where I spend much of my time reading, playing with photography and trying to write some "poetry and then some" at I care deeply about many things and wish there was much more love and compassion in this world today. I also have a part time blog "Thought You Might Like This" used for special projects and occasional things of interest
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