Quotations From GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE

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  • 1.
    I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. Mercure de France (Paris) no. 33 (April 1, 1911). Anecdotiques (1926).

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  • 2.
    It's raining my soul, it's raining, but it's raining dead eyes.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. La Nuit d'avril 1915, Calligrammes (1918). On enemy fire.
  • 3.
    A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "New Painters," The Cubist Painters (1913).

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  • 4.
    Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).
  • 5.
    The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).

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  • 6.
    To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).
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