Anatole France

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Open court, 1919 - 241 pages
 

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Page 103 - Gabalis, which both in its title and size is so like a Novel, that many of the Fair Sex have read it for one by mistake. According to these Gentlemen the four Elements are inhabited by Spirits, which they call Sylphs, Gnomes, Nymphs, and Salamanders. The Gnomes or Demons of Earth delight in mischief; but the Sylphs, whose habitation is in the Air, are the best conditioned Creatures imaginable.
Page 103 - Creatures imaginable. For they say, any Mortals may enjoy the most intimate Familiarities with these gentle Spirits, upon a Condition very easie to all true Adepts, an inviolate Preservation of Chastity.
Page 194 - And now that you have lost your illusions, now that you know how hard it is to redress wrongs, and that the task must ever be begun afresh, you are going back to your asteroids. You are right; but go back to them with modesty, Bidault-Coquille ! " BOOK VII MODERN TIMES MADAME CERES 81 Only extreme things are tolerable.
Page 28 - S'acheve et se connait en des esprits plus purs.f 29 So too the partridge dies, having accomplished its labour of love. The monkey, in his last moments, is seized by the nostalgia of the jungle ; and the dragon-fly, who has been impaled by a collector, wins free and returns to his marsh to perish. Even the 'Abandoned Oak-Tree...
Page 27 - ... que j'aime, Vierge comme en ton jour natal. Sois ma force, ô Lumière! et puissent mes pensées, Belles et simples comme toi, Dans la grâce et la paix, dérouler sous ta foi Leurs formes toujours cadencées! Donne à mes yeux heureux de voir longtemps encor, En une volupté sereine, La Beauté se dressant marcher comme une reine Sous ta chaste couronne d'or. Et, lorsque dans son sein la Nature des choses Formera mes destins futurs, Reviens baigner, reviens nourrir de tes flots purs Mes nouvelles...
Page 35 - As long as man is suckled at a woman's breast, he will be consecrated in the temple and initiated into some mystery of the divine. He will have his dream. And what matter if the dream be false, provided it be fair?
Page 223 - The Garden of Epicurus," "is like yonder beam of light, which owes its pure brilliancy to the intimate combination of the seven colors of which it is composed. A simple style is like white light. It is complex, but it does not seem so. In language, true simplicity is only apparent, and springs merely from the fine co-ordination and sovereign blending of its several parts.
Page 96 - It is thought that rules the world," he avers; "yesterday's ideas make the morals of to-morrow." " And if he still loves his skeptical poise, still believes with Montaigne that "to die for an idea is to set a pretty high value on conjectures," he does virtually deny his old quietism in this statement, "whoever thinks he possesses the truth must declare it.
Page 29 - ... L'esprit cherche l'esprit dans l'étoile prochaine; Et, jetant dans l'espace une mystique chaîne, Eux en nous, nous en eux, nous nous glorifions. Tant il est naturel de sortir de soi-même, Tant nous portons au cœur le besoin qu'on nous aime, Tant notre âme de feu jette loin ses rayons. 1872. LA MORT Si la vierge vers toi jette sous les ramures Le rire par sa mère à ses lèvres appris; Si, tiède dans son corps dont elle sait le prix, Le désir a gonflé ses formes demi-mûres; Le soir,...
Page 35 - S'appliquent en silence à des pensers nouveaux. Car ta vie et la mienne, en nos jeunes années, Sont deux lampes brûlant sur de calmes travaux. Fatigués vers le soir de la plume et du livre, Dans le proche jardin nous errons bien souvent. Toujours surpris de vivre et de regarder vivre, Nous jetons de vains mots emportés par le vent. Un avare soleil de novembre s'incline Et chasse les enfants, et les jeux et les cris. Seul l'occident revêt une teinte opaline; Le cygne du bassin vogue sous un...

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