Photogenic is a stupid, nonsensical word, but it is also a great mystery.

— Blaise Cendrars

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One's life, from being an exterior thing, grows inwards.

Its intensity stays the same; and, d'you know, it's most mysterious, the corners in which the joy of living can sometimes hide away.


A writer should never install himself before a panorama, however grandiose it may be.


A mud-stained sunlight began to splatter the sodden fields, and the hateful, nasal world of birds began to come to life. It seemed to me that I was coming out of a suffocating nightmare and that the low clouds flying before the wind were the shreds of an evil dream.


Writing is to descend like a miner to the depths of the mine with a lamp on your forehead, a light whose dubious brightness falsifies everything, whose wick is in permanent danger of explosion, whose blinking illumination in the coal dust exhausts and corrodes your eyes.


Without the help of selfishness, the human animal would never have developed.

Egoism is the vine by which man hoisted himself out of the swamp and escaped from the jungle.


My poor life This shawl Frayed on strongboxes full of gold I roll along with Dream And smoke And the only flame in the universe


Life The machine The human soul A 75mm breech My portrait


Science is history arranged according to the superstition and taste of the moment. The vocabulary of scholars has no wit, no salt. These heavy tomes have no soul, they are filled with distress.


what are you looking for? There is no Truth.

There's only action, action obeying a million different impulses, ephemeral action, action subjected to every possible and imaginable contingency and contradiction, Life. Life is crime, theft, jealousy, hunger, lies, disgust,stupidity, sickness, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, piles of corpses. what can you do about it, my poor friend?


Only a soul full of despair can ever attain serenity and, to be in despair, you must have loved a good deal and still love the world.


Writing is a noble privilege compared with the lot of most people, who live like parts of a machine, who live only to keep the gears of society pointlessly turning.


I'm not an extraordinary worker, I'm an extraordinary daydreamer.

I exceed all my fantasies-even that of writing.


About Blaise Cendrars

Quotes 16 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday September 1, 1887

Humanity lives in its fiction.


The single fact of existing is already a true happiness.


I used the word 'prose' in the Trans-Siberian in the early Latin sense of prosa dictu. Poem seemed to me too pretentious, too narrow. Prose is more open, popular.