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LOUIS CHARLES ALFRED DE MUSSET
French poet, novelist and dramatist
(1810 - 1857)

A lively retrospect summons back to us once more our youth, with vivid reflex of its early joys and unstained pleasures.
      - [Retrospection]

Christianity ruined emperors, but saved peoples.
      - [Christianity]

Disgrace is the synonym of discovery.
      - [Disgrace]

Experience is the name men give to their follies or their sorrows.
      - [Experience]

Few persons enjoy real liberty; we are all slaves to ideas or habits.
      - [Liberty]

Happiness may have but one night, as glory but one day.
      - [Happiness]

In love matters; keep your pen from paper.
      - [Letters]

It is easy to promise, and alas! how easy to forget!
      - [Promises]

Life is a sleep, love is a dream; and you have lived if you have loved.
      - [Love]

Memory is what makes us young or old.
      - [Memory]

My glass is not large, but I drink from my glass.
  [Fr., Mon verre n'est pas grand, mais je bois dans mon verre.]
      - [Worth]

O world, how many hopes thou dost engulf!
      - [Disappointment]

Partake of love as a temperate man partakes of wine; do not become intoxicated.
      - [Discretion]

Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to desire to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.
      - [Perfection]

Reason may cure illusions, but not suffering.
      - [Reason]

Repartee is altogether a natural endowment, and is the lightning of the mind.
      - [Repartee]

Taxes are a universal burden in moral as well as in civil life. There is not a pleasure, social or otherwise, which is not assessed by fate at its full value!
      - [Taxes]

The life of a devotee is a crusade of which the heart is the Holy Land.
      - [Devotion]

The soft contralto notes of a woman's voice are born in the immediate region of the heart.
      - [Voice]

Vanity and dignity are incompatible with each other; vain women are almost sure to be vulnerable.
      - [Vanity]

Verity is nudity.
      - [Truth]

Women are charged with a fondness for nonsense and frivolity. Did not Talleyrand say, "I find nonsense singularly refreshing"?
      - [Folly]

Listen, dying one! There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.
  [Fr., Ecoute, moribonde! Il n'est pire douleur
    Qu'un souvenir heureux dans les jour de malheur.]
      - Le Saule,
        the opposite of his opinion in his "Un Souvenir"
        [Sorrow]


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