Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war.— Remy De Gourmont
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Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness
The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe. A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.
Man begins by loving love and ends by loving a woman.
Woman begins by loving a man and ends by loving love.
Art is the accomplice of love.
Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.
Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices.
A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble
Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him.
Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.
Art includes everything which stimulates the desire to live;
science includes everything which sharpens the desire to know. Art, even the most disinterested, the most disembodied, is the auxiliary of life.
Thinking is hard work. One can't bear burdens and ideas at the same time
Man has made use of his intelligence; he invented stupidity.
The ever-present phenomenon ceases to exist for our senses.
It was a city dweller, or a prisoner, or a blind man suddenly given his sight, who first noted natural beauty.
Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.
Knowledge has its end in itself, apart from any idea of life and propagation of the species.
Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice.
All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery.
It is well-nigh obvious that those who are in favor of the death penalty have more affinities with murderers than those who oppose it.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds
Art includes everything that stimulates the desire to live
Since art is the expression of beauty and beauty can be understood only in the form of the material elements of the true idea it contains, art has become almost uniquely feminine. Beauty is woman, and also art is woman.
We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.
Two elements are needed to form a truth - a fact and an abstraction
Women are the simple, and poets the superior, artisans of language.
.. the intervention of grammarians is almost always bad.
Demons are like obedient dogs; they come when they are called.
Intelligence, that sublimation of the sensibility, that organ of the need to know, is sterilized sensibility.
In order to understand life it is not only necessary not to be indifferent to men, but not to be indifferent to flocks, to trees. One should be indifferent to nothing.
Man, in spite of his tendency towards mendacity, has a great respect for what he calls the truth. Truth is his staff in his voyage through life; commonplaces are the bread in his bag and the wine in his jug.
Man is the inventor of stupidity.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
An imbecile is never bored: he contemplates himself.
Good books are irrefutable, and bad books refute themselves.
To know what everyone knows is to know nothing.
Most men who rail against women are railing at one woman only.
The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it.
To write well, to have style ... is to paint. The master faculty of style is therefore the visual memory. If a writer does not see what he describes-countrysides and figures, movements and gestures-how could he have a style, that is originality?
Born of the sensibility, art sows and creates life in its turn.
Science is the only truth and it is the great lie.
It knows nothing, and people think it knows everything. It is misrepresented. People think that science is electricity, automobilism, and dirigible balloons. It is something very different. It is life devouring itself. It is the sensibility transformed into intelligence. It is the need to know stifling the need to live. It is the genius of knowledge vivisecting the vital genius.
Modesty is the delicate form of hypocrisy.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be - not understood, but divined.
God is not all that exists. God is all that does not exist.
Art is the flower of life and, as seed, it gives back life.
The pleasure of being a scoundrel can be adequately savored in silence.
Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion. Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art.
If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be --not understood, but divined.
The woman who loves always smells good.
Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art.
Money is the sign of liberty. To curse money is to curse liberty- to curse life, which is nothing, if it be not free.