Already, he was dreaming of a refined solitude, a comfortable desert, a motionless ark in which to seek refuge from the unending deluge of human stupidity.

— Joris-Karl Huysmans

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He realized at last that the arguments of pessimism were powerless to comfort him

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Only the chaste are truly obscene.

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Far from seeking to justify, as does the Church, the necessity of torments and afflictions, he cried, in his outraged pity: 'If a God has made this world, I should not wish to be that God. The world's wretchedness would rend my heart.

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Last comes the class of persons, of nervous organization and enfeebled vigour, whose sensual appetite craves highly seasoned dishes, men of a hectic, over-stimulated constitution. Their eyes almost invariably hanker after that most irritating and morbid of colours, with its artificial splendours and feverish acrid gleams,-orange.

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I wish to confound all these people, to create a work of art of a supernatural realism and of a spiritualist naturalism. I wish to prove... that nothing is explained in the mysteries which surround us.

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Ah; but my courage fails me, and my heart is sick within me! —Lord, take pity on the Christian who doubts, on the skeptic who would fain believe, on the galley-slave of life who puts to sea alone, in the darkness of night, beneath a firmament illumined no longer by the consoling beacon-fires of the ancient hope.

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There's no doubt about it - gardeners are the only true artists these days.

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Menacing lines of black tomorrows on the horizon.

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In the matter of animals I love only cats, but I love them unreasonably for their qualities and in spite of their numerous faults. I have only one, but I could not live without a cat.

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The only really indecent people are the chaste.

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Art and prayer are the only decent ejaculations of the soul.

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The modern painter…is an excellent couturier

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About Joris-Karl Huysmans

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday February 5, 1848

How inferior the human machine is, compared to man-made machines.

They can be decoked, unscrewed, oiled and parts replaced. Decidedly, nature is not a very wonderful thing.

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...he shrunk more and more from the realities of life and above all from the society of his day which he regarded with an ever growing horror,--a detestation which had reacted strongly on his literary and artistic tastes; he refused, as far as possible, to have anything to do with pictures and books whose subjects were in any way connected with modern existence.

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The loveliest tune imaginable becomes vulgar and insupportable as soon as the public begins to hum it and the hurdy-gurdies make it their own.

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Really, when I think it over, literature has only one excuse for existing;

it saves the person who makes it from the disgustingness of life.

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Worshiping the Devil is no more insane than worshiping God.

..It is precisely at the moment when positivism is at its high-water mark that mysticism stirs into life and the follies of occultism begin.

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Art is the only clean thing on earth, except holiness.

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Immersed in solitude, he would dream or read far into the night.

By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form.

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