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>Francois Rene De Chateaubriand

(1768-1848) French Romantic Writer, Politician

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An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

Aristocracy has three successive ages. First superiority, then privileges and finally vanities. Having passed from the first, it degenerates in the second and dies in the third.

Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.

Justice is the bread of the nation, it is always hungry for it.

Let us not distain glory too much; nothing is finer, except virtue. The height of happiness would be to unite both in this life.

One is not superior merely because one sees the world as odious.

Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant.

Something you consider bad may bring out your child's talents; something you consider good may stifle them.

The cat lives alone, has no need of society, obeys only when she pleases, pretends to sleep that she may see more clearly, and scratches everything on which she can lay her paw.

Without taste genius is only a sublime kind of folly. That sure touch which the lyre gives back the right note and nothing more, is even a rarer gift than the creative faculty itself.