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Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant
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Dec 06, 2010

it was amazing

"Illusion of beauty -- a human convention! Illusion of ugliness -- a matter of opinion! Illusion of truth -- never constant! Illusion of the vile -- attractive to so many! The great artists are those that impose their personal illusion on mankind." (9)

"Pierre was having one of those gloomy days when you look into every corner of your soul and shake out the creases." (44)

"Without the two of you it would be empty, black and empty as the night. I would never have loved anything, known anything, desired anything." (104)

"[A]t times he too felt an imperious need for instant solutions, which is all the weak are capable of, given their inability to sustain an effort of will." (106)

"And his mind, in which egoism wore a mask of virtue, became a battle-ground of self-interest in all its disguises." (107)
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