Theophile Gautier

(1811-1872 / France)

Theophile Gautier Quotes

  • ''Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic.
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  • ''Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. La Revue des Deux Mondes (April 1, 1841).
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  • ''The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. La Revue des Deux Mondes (April 1, 1841).
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  • ''I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Trans. by in 1943. Mademoiselle de Maupin, preface (1834).
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  • ''Critical lice are like body lice, which desert corpses to seek the living.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Trans. by in 1943. Mademoiselle de Maupin, preface (1834).
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  • ''Good heavens! what a foolish thing is this pretended perfectibility of the human race which is continually being dinned into our ears!''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Trans. by in 1943. Mademoiselle de Maupin, preface (1834).
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  • ''You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Trans. 1943. Mademoiselle de Maupin, preface (1834).
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  • ''Books follow morals, and not morals books.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Trans. in 1943. Mademoiselle de Maupin, preface (1834).
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  • ''Any man which an idea, however subtle and unexpected it may be, finds lacking, is not a writer. The inexpressible does not exist.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Quoted in Charles Baudelaire, "Théophile Gautier," part 3, L'Artiste (March 13, 1859).
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  • ''I was born to travel and write verse.''
    Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Quoted in Ernest Feydeau, Théophile Gautier, souvenirs intimes, Plon (1874).
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A Une Robe Rose

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