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Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(1894-1961) born on
May 27
French writer, physician. He travelled extensively on medical missions for the League of Nations, and wrote novels in his spare time.
         
   
F
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 . . .

R
To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.
A
The foreground in a picture is always unattractive. . . Art demands that the interest of the canvas should be placed in the far distance, where lies take refuge, those dreams which blossom out of fact and are man's only love.
N
Life is filigree work. . . . What is written clearly is not worth much, it's the transparency that counts.
K
The more one is hated, I find, the happier one is.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night (1932; tr. 1934; 1966 ed., p. 307).
R: The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night (1932; tr. 1934; repr. 1966, p. 180).
A: The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night (1932; tr. 1934; repr. 1966, p. 70), voicing the opinions of landscape painter Claude Lorraine.
N: Féerie pour une Autre Fois (1952). Quoted in: Patrick McCarthy, Céline, ch. 8 (1975).
K: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
   


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