Quotes by Theophile Gautier
Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
There is nothing truly beautiful but that which can never be of any use whatsoever; everything useful is ugly.
To be born is to have commenced to die.
Eyes so transparent that through them one sees the lucent soul.
Fancy demanding feeling from poetry! That's not the main thing at all. Radiant words, words of light, full of rhythm and music, that's poetry.
Virginity, mysticism, melancholy, – three unknown words, – three new maladies brought in by Christ.
Art for art's sake means‚ for its adepts‚ the pursuit of pure beauty – without any other consideration.
I am a man for whom the visible world exists.
Such in the Landes of our world is the poet's stance;
When he receives no wound, his treasure he'll retain.
With such deep cut mankind his heart must also lance,
To make him spill his verse, his gold tears' gushing rain!
Yes, the work comes out more fair,
From a form that rebels against
Handling,
Verse, marble, onyx, enamel.
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