Joris-Karl Huysmans Quotes

Born February 05, 1848
Died May 12, 1907

Why should I know Joris-Karl Huysmans?

Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans was a French novelist and art critic who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans. He is most famous for the 1884 novel À rebours, published in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature.

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Best Quotes by Joris-Karl Huysmans

“Already, he was dreaming of a refined solitude, a comfortable desert, a motionless ark in which to seek refuge from the unending deluge of human stupidity.”

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Against Nature

“Art and prayer are the only decent ejaculations of the soul.”

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Down There

“His contempt for humanity grew fiercer, and at last he came to realize that the world is made up mostly of fools and scoundrels. It became perfectly clear to him that he could entertain no hope of finding in someone else the same aspirations and antipathies; no hope of linking up with a mind which, like his own, took pleasure in a life of studious decrepitude; no hope of associating an intelligence as sharp and wayward as his own with any author or scholar.”

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Against Nature

“Immersed in solitude, he would dream or read far into the night. By protracted contemplation of the same thoughts, his mind grew sharp, his vague, undeveloped ideas took on form.”

Joris-Karl Huysmans
Against Nature

“Life is an unpleasant business. I have resolved to spend it reflecting on it.”

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“Only the chaste are truly obscene.”

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“Really, when I think it over, literature has only one excuse for existing; it saves the person who makes it from the disgustingness of life.

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Down There

“There's no doubt about it - gardeners are the only true artists these days.

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“Worshiping the Devil is no more insane than worshiping God... It is precisely at the moment when positivism is at its high-water mark that mysticism stirs into life and the follies of occultism begin.”

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