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Born Friday 26 February 1802, died Friday 22 May 1885

Professions: Author, Dramatist, Novelist, Poet, Writer

Nationality: French

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One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'

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The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.

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Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.

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The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.

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The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.

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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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To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.

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Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.

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Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.

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Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.

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The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.

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There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.

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The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.

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Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.

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Stupidity talks, vanity acts.

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The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.

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Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.

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The flesh is the surface of the unknown.

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Taste is the common sense of genius.

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Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.

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