Louis-Ferdinand Céline

(1894-1961 / Courbevoie)

Louis-Ferdinand Céline Quotes

  • ''To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 180 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
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  • ''In Africa I had indeed found a sufficiently frightful kind of loneliness but the isolation of this American ant heap was even more shattering.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 179 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
  • ''The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One's stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 328 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
  • ''One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 186 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
  • ''The North will at least preserve your flesh for you; Northerners are pale for good and all. There's very little difference between a dead Swede and a young man who's had a bad night. But the Colonial is full of maggots the day after he gets off the boat.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 101 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
  • ''The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 69 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
  • ''Truth is a pain which will not stop. And the truth of this world is to die. You must choose: either dying or lying. Personally, I have never been able to kill myself.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 176 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
  • ''When you're not used to comfort and good things to eat, you're intoxicated by them in no time. Truth's only too pleased to leave you. Very little's ever needed for Truth to let go of you. And after all, you're not really very keen to keep hold of it.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, 1966 edition, p. 350 (orig. publ. 1932, trans. 1934).

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