Before starting with the list of the top George Sand quotes (that will surely change your way of thinking), let’s tell something about her life.
WHO IS GEORGE SAND?
George Sand, pseudonym of Amantine (or Amandine) Aurore Lucile Dupin (Paris, 1 July 1804 – Nohant-Vic, 8 June 1876), was a French writer and playwright.
Considered one of the most prolific authors in the history of literature, she is the author of numerous novels, short stories and theatrical dramas; among his most illustrious writings are “Indiana“, “Lélia“, “Consuelo“, “The swamp of the devil“, “La piccola Fadette“, “François le Champi” and the autobiography “History of my life” (Histoire de ma vie).
As a very moderate feminist, she was active in the political debate and participated, without taking a leading position, in the provisional government of 1848, expressing positions close to socialism, which she abandoned at the end of her life for a moderate republicanism. His opposition to the temporalistic and illiberal politics of the papacy cost him the Mass of all his writings in December 1863.
Sand is also remembered for his nonconformity and for the sentimental relationships he had with the writer Alfred de Musset and with the musician Fryderyk Chopin.
Top 25 George Sand Quotes for motivation and success
1. One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows of 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. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. – George Sand
2. There is only one sex. A man and a woman are so entirely the same thing that one can scarcely understand the subtle reasons for sex distinctions with which our minds are filled. – George Sand
3. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. – George Sand
4. You may impose silence upon me, but you can not prevent me from thinking. – George Sand
5. All your trouble comes from lack of exercise. A man of your strength and constitution ought always to have kept physically active. So don’t jibe at the very wise advice that sentences you to one hour’s walk a day. You imagine the work of the mind takes place only in the brain; but you’re much mistaken. It takes place in the legs as well. – George Sand
6. Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one’s talent, and one’s inner happiness. – George Sand
7. The intellect seeks, the heart finds. – George Sand
8. Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius. – George Sand
9. A child motivated by competitive ideals will grow into a man without conscience, shame, or true dignity. – George Sand
10. If people were not wicked I should not mind their being stupid; but, to our misfortune, they are both. – George Sand
11. We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire. – George Sand
12. 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
13. Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views. – George Sand
14. It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides. – George Sand
15. Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art. – George Sand
16. Love without reverence and enthusiasm is only friendship. – George Sand
17. I’m beginning to believe that there are angels disguised as men who pass themselves off as such and who inhabit the earth for a while to console and lift up with them toward heaven the poor, exhausted and saddened souls who were ready to perish here below. – George Sand
18. We must have a passion in life. – George Sand
19. Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile. – George Sand
20. Discouragement seizes us only when we can no longer count on chance. – George Sand
21. Believe in no other God than the one who insists on justice and equality among men. – George Sand
22. To forgive a fault in another is more sublime than to be faultless one’s self. – George Sand
23. We must love stupid people better than ourselves; are they not the really unfortunate ones of this world? Do not people without taste and without ideal grow constantly weary, rejoicing in nothing, and being quite useless here below? – George Sand
24. Experience is always a trustworthy guide; it may not tell you everything, but it never lies. – George Sand
25. Punctuation has its own philosophy, just as style does, although not as language does. Style is a good understanding of language, punctuation is a good understanding of style. – George Sand