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Edmond de Goncourt
(1822-1896) born on
May 26
French diarist. He collaborated on social histories and novels with his brother Jules, e.g., "Madame Bervaisais," 1869.
         
   
F
Genius is the talent of a man who is dead.

R
Laughter is the mind's intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins.
A
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
N
Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization.
K
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Cynic's Lexicon," ed. Jonathan Green, 1984.
R: In "The New Webster's Dictionary of Quotations and Famous Phrases," by Donald Bolander, 1987.
A: In "20,000 Quips and Quotes" by Evan Esar, 1968.
N: From an Internet collection of quotations.
K: In "20,000 Quips and Quotes" by Evan Esar, 1968.
   


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