ENTITY reports on famous george sand quotes for every situation.

This quote may seem familiar to you. Well, it’s because it inspired the popular “Moulin Rouge!” quote “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Nineteenth-century French novelist George Sand is best known for writing “La Petite Fadette,” “La Mare Au Diable” and “Lélia.” But she’s also famous for her love affair with Frédéric Chopin, her cross dressing and for identifying as bisexual.

After separating from her husband in 1831, Sand engaged in a series of relationships. Her most well-known affair was with Chopin but her most intense relationship was with Marie Dorval, a Parisian actress.

She also started cross dressing, sometimes for fun and sometimes for practical reasons. But it allowed her to get into spaces most women were barred from. Sand also took up smoking in public at that time even though it was seen as a complete deviation from ladylike behavior.

Sand was known to deviate from the norm without fear or regret.

But her legacy and legend live on within her famous quotes. So, here are 11 famous George Sand quotes to live life by.

1 On how to stay happy

“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.”

2 On following your heart

“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?”

3 On accepting change

“Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.

4 On simplicity

“Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art.”

5 On experience

“Experience is always a trustworthy guide; it may not tell you everything, but it never lies.”

6 On moving mountains

“It is love, not faith, that moves mountains.”

7 On keeping our heads high

“Anything we destroy in ourselves we destroy in others. Our falls lower others and throw them down; we owe it to our fellows to keep upright, in order that they too may keep their feet.”

8 On travel

“Travelling is like a novel: it’s what happens that counts.”

9 On beauty

“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.”

10 On growing older

“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.”

11 On the battle between the head and the heart

“The intellect seeks, the heart finds.”

Sand lived an intense and unapologetic life. So, her words of wisdom can help us remember how to live every day like it’s our last.

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