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Remy de Gourmont

Datum narození: 4. duben 1858
Datum úmrtí: 27. září 1915

Remy de Gourmont byl francouzský prozaik, básník a kritik.


„Idea krásy vůbec není nějaká čistá idea, nýbrž je nerozlučně spjata se smyslnou rozkoší. Stendhal to nejasně tušil, když napsal, že krása je příslib štěstí.“

„Demons are like obedient dogs; they come when they are called.“


„Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.“

„Art is the accomplice of love.“

„The pleasure of being a scoundrel can be adequately savored in silence.“ The Angels of Perversity

„The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it.“

„Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him.“

„Chastity is the most unnatural of the sexual perversions.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques


„The little girl expects no declaration of tenderness from her doll. She loves it, & that's all. It is thus that we should love.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„Extraordinarily excessive sensuality it may be.. but it all comes down to the same thing in the end, and one means is surely as good as another, since the end obtained is always the same. In any case the exceptional, endlessly repeated, is no different than the banal; and unceasing recapitulation can add nothing, in the end, to the sum of experience. I am weary and hopeless three times the dupe. Why have you trained me in the shame of abominable sins?“ The Angels of Perversity

„Those men who live with the greatest intensity are often the ones who seem to take least interest in life.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„The man of genius may dwell unknown, but one always may recognize the path he has followed into the forest. It was a giant who passed that way. The branches are broken at a height that other men cannot reach.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques


„As a matter of fact, when it comes to seeing, men display two tendencies: they see what they wish to see, what is useful to them, what is agreeable. The second is the tendency toward inhibition; they do not see what they do not wish to see, what is useless to them, or disagreeable.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„Tears flow and smiles fade to the same rhythm of life, to disappear together in the bottomless abyss.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„To acquire the full consciousness of self is to know oneself so different from others that no longer feels allied with men except by purely animal contacts: nevertheless, among souls of this degree, there is an ideal fraternity based on differences,--while society fraternity is based on resemblances.
The full consciousness of self can be called originality of soul, -and all this is said only to point out the group of rare beings to which Andre Gide belongs.
The misfortune of these beings, when they express themselves, is that they do it with such odd gestures that men fear to approach them; their life of social contacts must often revolve in the brief circle of ideal fraternities; or, when the mob consents to admit such souls, it is as curiosities or museum objects. Their glory is, finally, to be loved from afar & almost understood, as parchments are seen & read above sealed cases.“
The Book of Masks

„She lit the candelabras which stood on the mantelpiece. Placed at the head of the bead, on a side-table, they looked like two burning bushes, their flames solemn and inextinguishable. But beneath that avalanche of light the dead man became hideous: the pale head displayed a whiteness more livid than the bedsheet, ghastly against the cambric of the pillow; pits of shadow were hollowed out under the eyes and his nose was villainously elongated, and even the mouth seemed wicked – his mouth, which was so very gentle!“ The Angels of Perversity

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