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Alfred De Vigny Quotes

Oh, I have a habit of letting myself be lectured on the things I know best. I like to see if they are understood in the same way I understand; for there are many ways of knowing the same thing
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I have a private theory, Sir, that there are no heroes and no monsters in this world. Only children should be allowed to use these words

— Alfred De Vigny

We have also set up for them an edifying project for a continuous mitigation of their own tyranny, ascribing to them an unshakeable faith in the triumph of virtue, as well as in the moral justification of their crimes. These are the theories of well-meaning children who see everything in black or white, dream of nothing but angels or demons, and have no idea of the incredible number of hypocritical masks of every color and shape and size which men use to conceal their features when they have passed the age of devotion to ideals and have abandoned themselves unrestrainedly to their egotistic desires

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Observe this fact: in the history of mankind, every ruler who has lacked personal greatness has been forced to compensate for the deficiency by setting up the executioner at his right hand like a guardian angel

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Those intellectuals are our natural enemies; the only kind who are worth anything are the musicians and the dancers: they don't insult anybody with their performances, and they neither sing nor dance politics. So I like them; but don't let me hear a word about the rest

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Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction and the imitation of life?

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On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.

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From this, without doubt, sprang the fable. Man created it thus, because it was not given him to see more than himself and nature, which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.

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Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact assume by degrees the wings of fiction?

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The human mind, I believe, cares for the True only in the general character of an epoch.

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What is a great life but a youthful intention carried out in maturity?

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Only silence is great; all else is weakness.

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Poetry is the disease of the brain.

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Hope is the biggest of our foolish things.

— Alfred De Vigny

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