Edmond De Goncourt


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  • ''Sickness sensitizes man for observation, like a photographic plate.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1879), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. by Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals, entry for March 27, 1865 (1888-1896).
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  • ''The newspaper is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the decent woman.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1882-1896), French author, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870). Goncourt Journals, entry for July 1858 (1888-1896).
  • ''The English are crooked as a nation and honest as individuals. The contrary is true of the French, who are honest as a nation and crooked as individuals.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French author, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French author, journalist. Goncourt Journals, entry for October 29, 1868.
  • ''The reason for the sadness of this modern age and the men who live in it is that it looks for the truth in everything and finds it.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals, entry for Oct. 23, 1864 (1956).
  • ''Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-96), French writer, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer, journalist. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals, entry for July 30, 1861 (1888-1896). Written with Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870).
  • ''As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870). repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, entry for December 7, 1860, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896).
  • ''The English are crooked as a nation and honest as individuals. The contrary is true of the French, who are honest as a nation and crooked as individuals.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer, journalist. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals, entry for Oct. 29, 1868 (1888-1896).
  • ''I feel sure that coups d'état would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer. repr. in Pages from the Goncourt Journal, Dec. 1851 entry, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896).
  • ''A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, journalist, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer, journalist. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals, entry for July 23, 1864 (1956). Written with Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870).
  • ''Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.''
    Edmond De Goncourt (1822-1896), French writer, and Jules De Goncourt (1830-1870), French writer. repr. In Pages from the Goncourt Journal, ed. Robert Baldick (1962). The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896). Entry for July 30, 1861.

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