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Date of Birth: 02/26/1802




 

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Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.
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The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
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One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.
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A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
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I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
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I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!
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Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.
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Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
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Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
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There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.
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The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.
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Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.
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My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
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Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.
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Genius: the superhuman in man.
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Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
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Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.
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To think of shadows is a serious thing.
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People do not lack strength; they lack will.
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It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.
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The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
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The flesh is the surface of the unknown.
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One believes others will do what he will do to himself.
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The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.
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Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.
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