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 Edmond Goncourt - “Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present.”
 Edmond Goncourt - “Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.”
 Jules Goncourt - “A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.”
 Jules Goncourt - “The facts nothing matters but the facts worship of the facts leads to everything, to happiness first of all and then to wealth.”
 Jules Goncourt - “Any man who does not see everything in terms of self, that is to say who wants to be something in respect of other men, to do good to them or simply give them something to do, is unhappy, disconsolate, and accursed.”
 Jules Goncourt - “There are moments when, faced with our lack of success, I wonder whether we are failures, proud but impotent. One thing reassures me as to our value the boredom that afflicts us. It is the hall-mark of quality in modern men.”
 Jules Goncourt - “I feel sure that coups d'tat would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything”
 Jules Goncourt - “I feel sure that coups d'tat would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything”
 Jules Goncourt - “Never speak of yourself to others make them talk about themselves instead therein lies the whole art of pleasing. Everybody knows it, and everyone forgets it.”
 Jules Goncourt - “The reason for the sadness of this modern age and the men who live in it is that it looks for the truth in everything and finds it.”
 Jules Goncourt - “Surely nothing has to listen to so many stupid remarks as a painting in a museum.”
 Jules Goncourt - “As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.”
 Jules Goncourt - “That which, perhaps, hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum.”
 Edmond De Goncourt - “Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.”
 Jules Goncourt - “One of the proud joys of the man of letters --if that man of letters is an artist is to feel within himself the power to immortalize at will anything he chooses to immortalize. Insignificant though he may be, he is conscious of possessing a creative divinity. God creates lives the man of imagination creates fictional lives which may make a profound and as it were more living impression on the world's memory.”
 Edmond Goncourt - “a new system of decoration, and . . . a poetic fantasy in the creation of the art object.”
 Edmond De Goncourt - “The English are crooked as a nation and honest as individuals. The contrary is true of the French, who are honest as a nation and crooked as individuals.”
 Edmond Goncourt - “Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization.”
 Edmond Goncourt - “People don't like the true and simple they like fairy tales and humbug.”
 Edmond De Goncourt - “The newspaper is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the decent woman.”
 Jules Goncourt - “Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.”
 Jules Goncourt - “Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be incompleteness in absence.”
 Jules Goncourt - “If there is a God, atheism must strike Him as less of an insult than religion”
 Edmond Goncourt - “If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.”
 Edmond De Goncourt - “Laughter is the mind's intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins.”

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