French Authors at Home: Episodes in the Lives and Works of Balzac--Madame de Girardin--George Sand--Lamartine--Léon Gozlan--Lamennais--Victor Hugo, Etc, Volumen 1

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Página xvii - Qu'on parle mal ou bien du fameux Cardinal, Ma prose ni mes vers n'en diront jamais rien : II m'a fait trop de bien pour en dire du mal, II m'a fait trop de mal pour en dire du bien.
Página 5 - Yes! where is he, the champion and the child Of all that's great or little, wise or wild? Whose game was empires, and whose stakes were thrones? Whose table earth — whose dice were human bones?
Página xvii - En vain contre le Cid, un ministre se ligue ; Tout Paris, pour Chimene, a les yeux de Rodrigue.
Página xxiii - ... where nature should be the only guide, it is not merely^ literary counsel that we should give. We should speak to poets, as to citizens and heroes ; we should say to them, Be virtuous, be faithful, be free ; respect what is dear to you, seek immortality in love, and the Deity in nature; in short, sanctify your soul as a temple, and the angel of noble thoughts will not disdain to appear in it.
Página 65 - the strangest hygiene ever propounded among laymen. If we desired to hand our names down to posterity as authors, it was indispensable that we should immure ourselves absolutely for two or three years : that we should drink nothing but water and only eat soaked beans, like Protogenes : that we should go to bed at sunset and rise at midnight, to work hard till morning: that we should spend the whole day in revising, amending, extending, pruning, perfecting, and polishing our night's work, in correcting...
Página 63 - ... neglects me more than ever. He won't go down oftener than every third or fourth day to make my purchases, and then to the nearest and worst dealers in the neighborhood ; the others are too far off, and the fellow economizes in steps. And so it is that your brother (destined to fame) is already fed like a great man, — that is to say, he is dying of hunger.
Página 135 - A superb head, black hair prematurely tinged with white, like the hair of St. Paul or of St. Peter in pictures, but strong and curling; a throat round and white as that of a woman; a magnificent forehead, marked between the brows with that one powerful wrinkle which great thoughts and great projects inscribe on the foreheads of great men; a complexion olive, but rosy; nostrils which dilate; eyes of fire; cheeks marked by two long lines ploughed by suffering; a mouth which smiles sardonically; eyes...
Página 64 - Balzac, who had the disease of creative genius in its most outrageous form, "preached to us," says Théophile Gautier, "the strangest hygiene ever propounded among laymen. If we desired to hand our names down to posterity as authors, it was indispensable that 102 we should immure ourselves absolutely for two or three years ; that we should drink nothing but water, and only eat soaked beans, like Protogenes ; that we should go to bed at sunset and rise at midnight, to work hard till morning ; that...

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