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3/27/1797 - 9/17/1863
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Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.

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But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity.

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Do you know that charming part of our country which has been called the garden of France - that spot where, amid verdant plains watered by wide streams, one inhales the purest air of heaven?

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Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact assume by degrees the wings of fiction?

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France, for example, loves at the same time history and the drama, because the one explores the vast destinies of humanity, and the other the individual lot of man.

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From this, without doubt, sprang the fable. Man created it thus, because it was not given him to see more than himself and nature, which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.

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I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts, wanted something fuller - some grouping, some adaptation to his capacity and experience, of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in.

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Just as we descend into our consciences to judge of actions which our minds can not weigh, can we not also search in ourselves for the feeling which gives birth to forms of thought, always vague and cloudy?

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Let us dream that once upon a time have lived men stronger and greater, who were more determined for good or for evil; that does us good.

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No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself unless he has crystallized into expressive and original phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.

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