Gustave Flaubert ~ Read To Live
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893
Charles Dickens ~ A Quiet Silent Man
“He had been for many years, a quiet silent man, associating but little with other men, and used to companionship with his own thoughts. He had never known before the strength of the want in his heart for the frequent recognition of a nod, a look, a word; or the immense amount of relief that had been poured into it by drops through such small means.”
― Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Burghers of Calais (detail)
Auguste Rodin.
Monet ~ Love My Art
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
Claude Monet

Palazzo da Mula in Venice 1908
Anais Nin ~ The Role Of A Writer
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."
Anais Nin

On the photo Anais Nin with Henry Miller
Matisse ~ Is An Artist A Prisoner?
"An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."
Henri Matisse
Jules Brassai ~ The Otherness Of The Night
"The Night suggests, it does not show. The Night disquiets and surprises us with its otherness. It releases forces within us which by day are dominated by reason."
Jules Brassai
Milan Kundera ~ My Ambition
"My lifetime ambition has been to unite the seriousness of question with the lightness of form.”
—Milan Kundera
Simone De Beauvoir ~ One’s Past
“It's very hard to review one's past without cheating a little.”
Simone de Beauvoir
Tears Of Humanity…
Tears of humanity, tears of humanity,
flowing eternally early and late...
Flowing invisibly, flowing in secrecy,
ever abundantly, ever unceasingly -
flowing as rain flows with autumn finality
all through the night like a river in spate
(1849) Fyodor Tyutchev
translation Peter Tempest
Monument to the Dead (1895) by French sculptor Albert Bartholomé
Vive La France
VIVE LA FRANCE
Marianne,
Eugene Delacroix
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