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Louis-Ferdinand Celine Quotes

(1894-1961), French Author

The novel can't compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who's had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.

Category: Books And Reading

With two thousand years of Christianity behind him... a man can't see a regiment of soldiers march past without going off the deep end. It starts off far too many ideas in his head.

Category: Christians And Christianity

Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.

Category: Desire

Even diseases have lost their prestige, there aren't so many of them left. Think it over... no more syphilis, no more clap, no more typhoid... antibiotics have taken half the tragedy out of medicine.

Category: Disease

Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.

Category: Experience

One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.

Category: Forgiveness

The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.

Category: Heroes And Heroism

We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit. What we need is chimpanzees. Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word to us about being intelligent. We will think for you, my friend. Don't forget it.

Category: Labor

Living, just by itself -- what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting --or he'll come along and nibble your brain.

Category: Life And Living

Life is filigree work. What is written clearly is not worth much, it's the transparency that counts.

Category: Life And Living

Love, Arthur, is a poodle's chance of attaining the infinite, and personally I have my pride.

Category: Love

When you're not used to comfort and good things to eat, you're intoxicated by them in no time. Truth's only too pleased to leave you. Very little is ever needed for Truth to let go of you. And after all, you're not really very keen to keep hold of it.

Category: Luxury

To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

There's a point of poverty at which the spirit isn't with the body all the time. It finds the body really too unbearable. So it's almost as if you were talking to the soul itself. And a soul's not properly responsible.

Category: Poverty And The Poor

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!

Category: Reality