Quotes by Theophile Gautier
To be born is to have commenced to die.
Virginity, mysticism, melancholy, – three unknown words, – three new maladies brought in by Christ.
I am a man for whom the visible world exists.
Eyes so transparent that through them one sees the lucent soul.
Art for art's sake means‚ for its adepts‚ the pursuit of pure beauty – without any other consideration.
Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
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.
There is nothing truly beautiful but that which can never be of any use whatsoever; everything useful is ugly.
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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