Quotations by Theophile Gautier
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Born: Friday, August 30, 1811
Died: Wednesday, October 23, 1872 (61 years old)
A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.
(Keywords: Friend, Will)
Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.
(Keywords: Artist, Man, World)
Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.
(Keywords: Art, Beauty, Care, Choice, Detail, Execution, Invention, Words)
Books follow morals, and not morals books.
(Keywords: Books, Morals)
Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
(Keywords: God, Chance, Want)
Critical lice are like body lice, which desert corpses to seek the living.
(Keywords: Body, Living)
Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.
(Keywords: Soul, Eyes)
I am a man for whom the outside world exists.
(Keywords: Man, World)
I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.
I was born to travel and write verse.
If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.
(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.
Sooner barbarity than boredom.
The cat is a dilettante in fur.
The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
(Keywords: Love, Heart, Mind)
What I write is not for little girls.
Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material that resists the process, verse, marble, onyx, or enamel.
You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.