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Gérard de Nerval

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Biography - Gérard de Nerval:

French writer and poet.
Born: 1808 - Died: 1855
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: France
France

The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life! And yet can we cast out of our spirits all the good or evil poured into them by so many learned generations? Ignorance cannot be learned.




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French
L’arbre de science n’est pas l’arbre de vie ! Cependant, pouvons-nous rejeter de notre esprit ce que tant de générations intelligentes y ont versé de bon ou de funeste ? L’ignorance ne s’apprend pas.




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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
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Human wisdom consists in a knowledge of the order in which it is profitable to know things;
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Illusions fall away, like the peels of a fruit, one after another, and the fruit is experience.
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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
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Nothing is indifferent, nothing is powerless in the universe; an atom can dissolve everything, an atom can save everything
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Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.
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When the soul drifts uncertainly between life and the dream, between the mind's disorder and the return to cool reflection, it is in religious thought that we should seek consolation.
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