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Gérard de Nerval

Datum narození: 22. květen 1808
Datum úmrtí: 26. leden 1855

Gérard de Nerval, vlastním jménem Gérard Labrunie byl francouzský romantický básník, prozaik, dramatik a divadelní kritik.

Velká část jeho díla vznikla v období, kdy se pohyboval na hranici šílenství, kdy u něj došlo k tomu, co nazval „přelitím snu do života skutečného“. Z tohoto stavu čerpá i jeho vrcholná práce Aurélie nebo sbírka sonetů Chiméry, pro kterou je také považován za předchůdce symbolismu. Obdiv si získal u autorů jako byl Baudelaire, či později surrealisté.

Citáty Gérard de Nerval

„Sen je druhým životem. “

„Ať je tomu jakkoli, věřím, že lidská imaginace nevynalezla nic, co by nebylo skutečné v tomto nebo v jiných světech...“

„Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.“

„I have never felt any rest in sleep. For a few seconds I am numbed, then a new life begins, freed from the conditions of time and space, and doubtless similar to that state which awaits us after death. Who knows if there is not some link between those two existences and if it is not possible for the soul to unite them now?“

„l'imagination m'apportait des délices infinies. En recouvrant ce que les hommes appellent la raison, faudra-t-il regretter de les avoir perdues...?

My imagination gave me infinite delight. In recovering what men call reason, do I have to regret the loss of these joys?...“

„It is impossible for a Parisian to resist the desire to flick through the old volumes laid out by a bookseller.

Les Filles du feu - Les Chimères

„You see spirits who talk to you in broad daylight, at night you see perfectly shaped, perfectly distinct phantoms, you think you remember having lived in other forms, you imagine you are growing very tall and that your head is touching the stars, the horizon of Saturn and Jupiter spreads before your eyes, bizarre creatures appear before you with all the characteristics of real beings... If the mind has to become completely unhinged in order to place us in communication with another world, it is clear that the mad will never be able to prove to the sane how blind they are, to say the very least!“ Aurélia

„What is madness... to go on platonically loving a woman who will never love you.“ Aurélia and Other Writings

„Water drinkers perceive nothing but the crude and material appearance of things, while intoxication, on the contrary, dulls the eyes of the body and brightens those of the soul.“

„Sleep occupies a third of our life. It is the consolation to the woes of our days or the woe of their pleasures; but I have never found that sleep was a rest. After a swoon of a few minutes a new life begins, freed from conditions of time and space, and doubtless like the life which awaits us after death. Who knows whether there does not exist a link between these two existences, and whether it is not possible for the soul now to bind them together?“ Aurélia

„I’ve had enough of chasing after poetry; I believe that poetry lies at one’s very door or perhaps in one’s very bed. I’m still a man on the run, but I shall try to stop and wait.“ Selected Writings

„The last madness I’ll probably persist in is to believe myself a poet: it will be up to the critics to cure me.“ Selected Writings

„A serious bibliophile never lends his books. In fact he does not evenhis books, for fear of wearing them out.“ Selected Writings

„Childhood memories surge back more vividly midway through life – like some palimpsest whose original text suddenly reappears after the manuscript has been chemically treated.“ Selected Writings

„Illusions fall away one after another like the husks of a fruit, and that fruit is experience. It is bitter to the taste, but there is fortitude to be found in gall – forgive me my old-fashioned turns of phrase.“ Selected Writings

„Even as it clouds our corporeal vision, intoxication clarifies our spiritual vision. The mind, set free from the heavy bondage of the body, flees away like a prisoner whose guard has fallen asleep, leaving the keys at the prison gate.“ Selected Writings

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