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Theophile Gautier
August 30, 1811 - October 23, 1872
Nationality: French
Category: Poet
Subcategory: French Poet

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.


The cat is a dilettante in fur.


If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.


Sooner barbarity than boredom.


What I write is not for little girls.


A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.


You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.


Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.


To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.


Books follow morals, and not morals books.


I am one of those for whom superfluity is a necessity.


Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.


Critical lice are like body lice, which desert corpses to seek the living.


Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material that resists the process, verse, marble, onyx, or enamel.


It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.


The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist.


I am a man for whom the outside world exists.


I was born to travel and write verse.


Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.


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