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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: French
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A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.

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History is the science of things which are not repeated.

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Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.

Tags: Become, Ourselves, Pass

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.

Tags: Great, Thought, Wants

Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.

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Politeness is organized indifference.

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Power without abuse loses its charm.

Tags: Abuse, Charm, Power

That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.

Tags: Almost, Everyone, False

That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.

Tags: Chance, Everyone, False

The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.

Tags: Great, History, May

The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.

Tags: Plan, Present, Universe

To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities, but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant and totally unexpected thoughts.

Tags: Thoughts, Time, Write

Love is being stupid together.

Tags: Love, Stupid, Together

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Tags: Best, Dreams, True

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

Tags: Art, Artist, Work

A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.

Tags: After, Great, Others

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

Tags: God, Religion, Shows

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Tags: Abandoned, Finished, Poetry

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

Tags: Calculator, Dancer, Hybrid

A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.

Tags: Others, Secret, True

Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.

Tags: Attitude, Judge, Judgments

War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other.

Tags: Massacre, Profit, War

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.

Tags: Future, Time, Used
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God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.

Tags: Alone, God, Him

At times I think and at times I am.

Tags: Brainy, Times

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.

Tags: Best, Give, Idea

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.

Tags: Infinitely, Thoughts

Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.

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Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.

Tags: Books, Fire, Weather

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

Tags: Means, Science, Successful

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

Tags: Oneself, Science, Spring

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.

Tags: Impossible, Poetry, Said

Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.

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The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.

Tags: Else, Future, Used

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.

Tags: Disorder, Order, Threaten

We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.

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A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.

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