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Remy De Gourmont Quotes

(1858-1915), French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright

The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.

Category: Critics And Criticism

The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe. A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.

Category: Definition

We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.

Category: Education

Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice. All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery.

Category: Existence

Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds

Category: Ideas

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

Category: Individuality

Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war.

Category: Industry

Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.

Category: Men And Women

Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices.

Category: Prejudice

Science is the only truth and it is the great lie. It knows nothing, and people think it knows everything. It is misrepresented. People think that science is electricity, automobilism, and dirigible balloons. It is something very different. It is life devouring itself. It is the sensibility transformed into intelligence. It is the need to know stifling the need to live. It is the genius of knowledge vivisecting the vital genius.

Category: Science And Scientists

Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.

Category: Sex

Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.

Category: Simplicity

Man is the inventor of stupidity.

Category: Stupidity

If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be --not understood, but divined.

Category: Understanding