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“If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.”
Edmond de Goncourt
“A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.”
Edmond de Goncourt
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“Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.”
Edmond de Goncourt
“A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.”
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“I have always derived indescribable pleasure from leading a decent woman to the edge of sin and leaving her there to live between the temptation and the fear of that sin.”
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“History is a novel that has been lived, a novel is history that could have been.”
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“[He] went on to say that during all those years he had done nothing at all, that all he had felt had been a need to live, to live actively, violently, noisily, a need to sing, to make music, to roam the woods, to drink a little too much and get involved in a brawl.”
Edmond de Goncourt, Pages from the Goncourt Journals
“Baudelaire had supper at the table next to ours. He was without a cravat, his shirt open at the neck and his head shaved, just as if he were to be guillotined. A single affectation: his little hands washed and cared for, the nails kept scrupulously clean. The face of a maniac, a voice that cuts like a knife, and a precise elocution that tries to copy Saint-Just and succeeds.”
Edmond de Goncourt, Pages from the Goncourt Journals
“Then Montesquiou was mentioned, and somebody described his first love-affair, a Baudelairean love-affair with a female ventriloquist who, while Montesquiou was straining to achieve his climax, would imitate the drunken voice of a pimp, threatening the aristocratic client.”
Edmond de Goncourt, Pages from the Goncourt Journals


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