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Book 1

Cinq Mars, Complete, by Alfred de Vigny

Title: Cinq Mars

Author: Alfred de Vigny

Language: English



With a Prefaces by CHARLES DE MAZADE, and GASTON BOISSIER of the French

Quotes from the text of Cinq Mars by Alfred de Vigny

     Adopted fact is always better composed than the real one
     Advantage that a calm temper gives one over men
     Art is the chosen truth
     Artificialities of style of that period
     Artistic Truth, more lofty than the True
     As Homer says, "smiling under tears"
     Difference which I find between Truth in art and the True in fac
     Happy is he who does not outlive his youth
     He did not blush to be a man, and he spoke to men with force
     History too was a work of art
     In every age we laugh at the costume of our fathers
     It is not now what it used to be
     It is too true that virtue also has its blush
     Lofty ideal of woman and of love
     Money is not a common thing between gentlemen like you and me
     Monsieur, I know that I have lived too long
     Neither idealist nor realist
     No writer had more dislike of mere pedantry
     Offices will end by rendering great names vile
     Princesses ceded like a town, and must not even weep
     Principle that art implied selection
     Recommended a scrupulous observance of nature
     Remedy infallible against the plague and against reserve
     True talent paints life rather than the living
     Truth, I here venture to distinguish from that of the True
     Urbain Grandier
     What use is the memory of facts, if not to serve as an example
     Woman is more bitter than death, and her arms are like chains
     Yes, we are in the way here