The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.
Speech on being elected to the Belgian Academy. as quoted in “Lady of Letters” Pt. 4, Earthly Paradise (1966) ed. Robert Phelps
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.Colette
Don’t ever wear artistic jewellry; it wrecks a woman’s reputation.Colette