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French Poet, Essayist and Critic, 1871-1945
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A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.
Business
A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
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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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A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts
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A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
Men
A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
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A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
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A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.
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An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it
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At times I think and at times I am.
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Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
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Everything that is simple is theoratically false, everything that is complicated is pragmatically useless.
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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
God
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
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God made everything out of the void, but the void shows through
God
History is the science of things which are not repeated.
History
History is the science of what never happens twice.
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In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well
Poetry
Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.
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Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
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