A calm despair, without angry convulsions or reproaches directed at heaven, is the essence of wisdom.
Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact assume by degrees the wings of fiction?
Doubt is the freedom of thought. Any claim to truth can be doubted.
Every man has seen the wall that limits his mind.
Fainthearted animals move about in herds. The lion walks alone in the desert. Let the poet always walk thus.
Greatness is the dream of youth realized in old age.
History is a novel for which the people is the author.
Hope is the biggest of our foolish things.
Invisible is real. Souls have their own world.
Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve as an example of good or of evil?
Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction and the imitation of life?
On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.
Only silence is great; all else is weakness.
Perform your long and heavy task with energy, treading the path to which Fate has been pleased to call you.
Poetry is the disease of the brain.
The existence of the soldier, next to capital punishment, is the most grievous vestige of barbarism which survives among men.
The first among mankind will always be those who make something imperishable out of a sheet of paper, a canvas, a piece of marble, or a few sounds.
The human mind, I believe, cares for the True only in the general character of an epoch.
To hold power has always meant to manipulate idiots and circumstances; and those circumstances and those idiots, tossed together, bring about those coincidences to which even the greatest men confess they owe most of their fame.
We live in an age of universal investigation, and of exploration of the sources of all movements.
We shall find in our troubled hearts, where discord reigns, two needs which seem at variance, but which merge, as I think, in a common source- the love of the true, and the love of the fabulous.
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