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Жерар де Нерваль

Дата рождения: 22. Май 1808
Дата смерти: 26. Январь 1855

Жера́р де Нерва́ль — французский поэт-романтик, прозаик, переводчик.

„Я не стану отрицать, что жена может увлечься своим мужем,  — в конце концов он тоже мужчина.“

„Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.“

„I have never felt any rest in sleep. For a few seconds I am numbed, then a new life begins, freed from the conditions of time and space, and doubtless similar to that state which awaits us after death. Who knows if there is not some link between those two existences and if it is not possible for the soul to unite them now?“

„l'imagination m'apportait des délices infinies. En recouvrant ce que les hommes appellent la raison, faudra-t-il regretter de les avoir perdues...?

My imagination gave me infinite delight. In recovering what men call reason, do I have to regret the loss of these joys?...“

„It is impossible for a Parisian to resist the desire to flick through the old volumes laid out by a bookseller.

Les Filles du feu - Les Chimères

„What is madness... to go on platonically loving a woman who will never love you.“ Aurélia and Other Writings

„You see spirits who talk to you in broad daylight, at night you see perfectly shaped, perfectly distinct phantoms, you think you remember having lived in other forms, you imagine you are growing very tall and that your head is touching the stars, the horizon of Saturn and Jupiter spreads before your eyes, bizarre creatures appear before you with all the characteristics of real beings... If the mind has to become completely unhinged in order to place us in communication with another world, it is clear that the mad will never be able to prove to the sane how blind they are, to say the very least!“ Aurélia

„Water drinkers perceive nothing but the crude and material appearance of things, while intoxication, on the contrary, dulls the eyes of the body and brightens those of the soul.“

„Sleep occupies a third of our life. It is the consolation to the woes of our days or the woe of their pleasures; but I have never found that sleep was a rest. After a swoon of a few minutes a new life begins, freed from conditions of time and space, and doubtless like the life which awaits us after death. Who knows whether there does not exist a link between these two existences, and whether it is not possible for the soul now to bind them together?“ Aurélia

„I’ve had enough of chasing after poetry; I believe that poetry lies at one’s very door or perhaps in one’s very bed. I’m still a man on the run, but I shall try to stop and wait.“ Selected Writings

„A serious bibliophile never lends his books. In fact he does not evenhis books, for fear of wearing them out.“ Selected Writings

„Illusions fall away one after another like the husks of a fruit, and that fruit is experience. It is bitter to the taste, but there is fortitude to be found in gall – forgive me my old-fashioned turns of phrase.“ Selected Writings

„The last madness I’ll probably persist in is to believe myself a poet: it will be up to the critics to cure me.“ Selected Writings

„Childhood memories surge back more vividly midway through life – like some palimpsest whose original text suddenly reappears after the manuscript has been chemically treated.“ Selected Writings

„J'étais si heureux de sentir mon cœur capable d'un amour nouveau!... J'empruntais, dans cet enthousiasme factice, les formules mêmes qui, si peu de temps auparavant, m'avaient servi pour peindre un amour véritable et longtemps éprouvé. La lettre partie, j'aurais voulu la retenir, et j'allais rêver dans la solitude à ce qui me semblait une profanation de mes souvenirs.“ Aurélia

„The name Prometheus has always caused me particular annoyance, for my breast still aches from the everlasting beak of the vulture from which Alcides set me free.“ Selected Writings

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