Francois Rene de Chateaubriand (1768-1848) French romantic writer, politician

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Without taste genius is only a sublime kind of folly. That sure touch which the lyre gives back the right note and nothing more, is even a rarer gift than the creative faculty itself. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand


One is not superior merely because one sees the world as odious. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand


The cat lives alone, has no need of society, obeys only when she pleases, pretends to sleep that she may see more clearly, and scratches everything on which she can lay her paw. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand


Aristocracy has three successive ages. First superiority, then privileges and finally vanities. Having passed from the first, it degenerates in the second and dies in the third. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand


Justice is the bread of the nation, it is always hungry for it. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand


Something you consider bad may bring out your child's talents; something you consider good may stifle them. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand


Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand