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Remy de Gourmont Quotes

"Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds"

"Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotionÉ. Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art."

"The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it."

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

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

"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."

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

"Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds."

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

"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."

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

"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."

"Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds."

"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."

"Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion. Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art."

"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."

"Man is the inventor of stupidity."

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