Théophile Gautier Quotes

Who is Théophile Gautier?

Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic.

Born August 30, 1811
Died October 23, 1872

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“A cat will lie the whole evening on your knee, purring and happy in your society.”

“Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.”

“Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.”

“Brevity never fatigues; therefore, brevity is always a welcome guest.”

“Cats are the tigers of us poor devils.”

“Critical lice are like body lice, which desert corpses to seek the living.”

“Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.”

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“Fortune loves to give bedroom slippers to people with wooden legs, and gloves to those with no hands.”

“Good heavens! What a foolish thing is this pretended perfectibility of the human race which is continually being dinned into our ears!”

“Great artists do not copy what they see, but what they desire.”

“High art alone is eternal and the bust outlives the city.”

“I am a man for whom the outside world exists.”

“I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.”

“If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.”

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“It is a difficult matter to gain the affection of a cat. He is a philosophical, methodical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend, if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave.”

“It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal, one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.”

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“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”

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“It is gentle manners which prove so irresistible in women.”

“It may well be that the pictures of Courbet, Manet, Monet and their like contain beauties which escape the notice of such old romantic heads as ours, already streaked with silver threads.”

“Literature has nothing to do with usefulness; the most useful place in any house is the toilet.”

“Modesty was made for the ugly.”

“No one is truly dead until they are no longer loved.”

“Only that which serves no end is beautiful; everything useful is ugly.”

“Our busy age does not always have time to read, but it always has time to look.”

“Sooner barbarity than boredom.”

“The arts teach and moralise by their beauty alone, not by translating a philosophical or social formula. For the truly artistic person, painting has itself as it's purpose, which is quite enough.”

“The cat is a dilettante in fur.”

“The cat makes himself the companion of your hours of solitude, melancholy and toil.”

“The most fitting occupation for a civilized man is to do nothing.”

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“The purity of a person's heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals.”

“The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist.”

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“Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot.”

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