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Реми де Гурмон

Дата рождения: 4. Апрель 1858
Дата смерти: 27. Сентябрь 1915

Реми́ де Гурмо́н — французский писатель, эссеист, художественный критик.



„Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.“

„The pleasure of being a scoundrel can be adequately savored in silence.“ The Angels of Perversity


„Extraordinarily excessive sensuality it may be.. but it all comes down to the same thing in the end, and one means is surely as good as another, since the end obtained is always the same. In any case the exceptional, endlessly repeated, is no different than the banal; and unceasing recapitulation can add nothing, in the end, to the sum of experience. I am weary and hopeless three times the dupe. Why have you trained me in the shame of abominable sins?“ The Angels of Perversity

„Tears flow and smiles fade to the same rhythm of life, to disappear together in the bottomless abyss.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„As a matter of fact, when it comes to seeing, men display two tendencies: they see what they wish to see, what is useful to them, what is agreeable. The second is the tendency toward inhibition; they do not see what they do not wish to see, what is useless to them, or disagreeable.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„To acquire the full consciousness of self is to know oneself so different from others that no longer feels allied with men except by purely animal contacts: nevertheless, among souls of this degree, there is an ideal fraternity based on differences,--while society fraternity is based on resemblances.
The full consciousness of self can be called originality of soul, -and all this is said only to point out the group of rare beings to which Andre Gide belongs.
The misfortune of these beings, when they express themselves, is that they do it with such odd gestures that men fear to approach them; their life of social contacts must often revolve in the brief circle of ideal fraternities; or, when the mob consents to admit such souls, it is as curiosities or museum objects. Their glory is, finally, to be loved from afar & almost understood, as parchments are seen & read above sealed cases.“
The Book of Masks

„To ameliorate & raise the standard of the workingmen to the bourgeois level, is perhaps to create a race of slaves content with their lot,-a cast of comfortable Pariahs.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„Мъжете, които се изказват лошо за жените, обикновен имат предвид само една жена." Реми дьо Гурмон“


„To be a member of such a crowd... is not much to be far removed from solitude; the freedom of everyone is assured by the freedom to which everyone else lays claim.“

„Abstractions do us much harm by impelling us to the quest of the absolute in all things. Joy does not exist, but there are joys: and these joys may not be folly felt unless they are detached from neutral or even painful conditions. The idea of continuity is almost self-negating. Nature makes no leaps; but life makes only bounds. It is measured by our heartbeats & these may be counted. That there should be, amid the number of deep pulsations that scan the line of our existence, some grievous ones, does not permit the affirmation that life is therefore evil. Moreover, neither a continuous joy would be perceived by consciousness.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„Deprived of the infinite, man has become what he always was: a supernumerary.
He hardly counts; he forms part of the troupe called Humanity; if he misses a cue, he is hissed; and if he drops through the trapdoor another puppet is in readiness to take his place.“
Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„An imbecile is never bored: he contemplates himself.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques


„Intelligence is perhaps but a malady, -a beautiful malady; the oysters's pearl.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„It is undefinable; and moreover, if it were defined it would lose all its value. God is not all that exists; God is all that does not exist. Therein resides the power & the charm of that mysterious word. God is tradition, God is legend, God is folklore, God is a fairy-tale, God is romance, God is a lie, God is a bell, God is a church window, God is religion, God is all that is absurd, useless, invisible, intangible, all that is nothingness & that symbolizes nothingness. God is the nihil in tenebris-(nothing in the darkness) -men have made of him light, life & love.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„Man can no more see the world than a fish can see the river bank.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

„Intelligence is perhaps but a malady,-a beautiful malady; the oyster's pearl.“ Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

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