Quotations by Theophile Gautier

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Born: Friday, August 30, 1811
Died: Wednesday, October 23, 1872 (61 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: French

A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Friend, Will)

Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Artist, Man, World)

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Art, Beauty, Care, Choice, Detail, Execution, Invention, Words)

Books follow morals, and not morals books.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Books, Morals)

Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: God, Chance, Want)

Critical lice are like body lice, which desert corpses to seek the living.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Body, Living)

Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Soul, Eyes)

I am a man for whom the outside world exists.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Man, World)

I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Necessity)

I was born to travel and write verse.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Travel)

If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Friend, Affection, Will)

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Friendship)

Sooner barbarity than boredom.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Boredom)

The cat is a dilettante in fur.
- Theophile Gautier

The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Word)

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Love, Heart, Mind)

What I write is not for little girls.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Girls)

Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material that resists the process, verse, marble, onyx, or enamel.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Work)

You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.
- Theophile Gautier
(Keywords: Satisfaction)

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