Quotations From LOUIS ARAGON


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  • We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. Treatise on Style, pt. 1, "The Pen," (1928).

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  • I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. "The Pen," pt. 1, Treatise on Style (1928).

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  • Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude. It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. taped discussion in La Révolution Surréaliste, no. 11 (Paris, March 15, 1928), repr. In Recherches sur la Sexualité (January 1928-August 1932). "Second Session," ed. José Pierre (1990).

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  • O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. "Preface to a Modern Mythology," Paris Peasant (1926).
  • There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. "Preface to a Modern Mythology," Paris Peasant (1926).
  • Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. "Preface to a Modern Mythology," Paris Peasant (1926).

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  • Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. "Preface to a Modern Mythology," Paris Peasant (1926).

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  • Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.
    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. Treatise on Style, pt. 1, "The Pen," (1928).
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