Best Quotes by Edmond de Goncourt (Top 10)

  1. If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
  2. Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.
  3. A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
  4. A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
  5. I have always derived indescribable pleasure from leading a decent woman to the edge of sin and leaving her there to live between the temptation and the fear of that sin.
  6. People don't like the true and simple; they like fairy tales and humbug.
  7. History is a novel that has been lived, a novel is history that could have been.
  8. Laughter is the mind's intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins.
  9. Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization.
  10. Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present.

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