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QUOTATION: I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen, because of the pen.
QUOTATION: And so I will take back up my poor life, so plain and so tranquil,
where phrases are adventures and the only flowers I gather are metaphors.
QUOTATION: The finest works of art are those in which there is the least
matter. The closer expression comes to thought, the more the word clings
to the idea and disappears, the more beautiful the work of art.
QUOTATION: There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of
view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject
is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
QUOTATION: What I would like to write is a book about nothing, a book
without exterior attachments, which would be held together by the inner
force of its style, as the earth without support is held in the aira
book that would have almost no subject or at least in which the subject
would be almost invisible.
QUOTATION: I will write, as in the past, simply for the pleasure of writing,
for myself alone, with no thought of money or fame. Apollo at least will
be grateful to me, and perhaps at last I will produce something beautifulfor
all things make way before the unceasing striving of an energetic sentiment.
QUOTATION: Each dream finds at last its form; there is a drink for every
thirst, and love for every heart. And there is no better way to spend
your life than in the unceasing preoccupation of an ideaof an ideal.
QUOTATION: There are in me, in literary terms, two distinct characters:
one who is taken with roaring, with lyricism, with soaring aloft, with
all the sonorities of phrase and summits of thought; and the other who
digs and scratches for truth all he can, who is as interested in the little
facts as the big ones, who would like to make you feel materially the
things he reproduces.