Alfred de Musset

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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset (11 December 18102 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist.


  • As all the perfumes of the vanished day
    Rise from the earth still moistened with the dew
    So from my chastened soul beneath thy ray
    Old love is born anew.
    • Remembrance.

Confession d'un Enfant du Siécle (1836)(translation)[edit]

  • The apartments of the rich are cabinets of curiosities: a conglomeration of classical antiquity, gothic, renaissance; Louis XIII... Something from every century but our own, a predicament that has arisen in no other period... so that we seem to be subsisting on the ruins of the past, as if the end of the world were near.
    • This quotation is useful for explanations of the period of art nouveau, and the causes of the art movement.

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