Louis-Ferdinand Celine

French novelist, pamphleteer and physician

Lived from: 1894-1961

Category: Science

Quotes: Louis-Ferdinand Celine

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    Life is filigree work. What is written clearly is not worth much, it's the transparency that counts.
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    Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.
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    Even diseases have lost their prestige, there aren't so many of them left. Think it over... no more syphilis, no more clap, no more typhoid... antibiotics have taken half the tragedy out of medicine.
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    Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
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    Living, just by itself - what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting - or he'll come along and nibble your brain.
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    Love, Arthur, is a poodle's chance of attaining the infinite, and personally I have my pride.
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    Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's ''yes,'' all's well. That is enough.
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    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.
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    The novel can't compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who's had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.
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    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.
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    There's a point of poverty at which the spirit isn't with the body all the time. It finds the body really too unbearable. So it's almost as if you were talking to the soul itself. And a soul's not properly responsible.
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    This instinctive repulsion which tradespeople inspire in men of sensitive feeling is one of the very rare consolations for being so impoverished which are given to those of us who don't sell anything to anybody.
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    To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
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    To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.
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    We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit. What we need is chimpanzees. Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word to us about being intelligent. We will think for you, my friend. Don't forget it.
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