Maurice Barrès

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Maurice Barrès

Auguste-Maurice Barrès (19 August 1862 – 4 December 1923) was a French novelist, journalist and politician.


  • Tout livre a pour collaborateur son lecteur.
    • The reader collaborates with the author in every book.
    • Alt. version: The reader is co-author in every book.
    • Biographical notice on Evene
  • L'individu n'est rien, la société est tout.
    • The individual is nothing, society is everything.
    • Les Déracinés (Roman de l'énergie nationale I), in Romans et voyages, R. Laffont Bouquins, 1994, p. 615.

Witty, Wise and Wicked Maxims


Pène du Bois, Henri (1897). Witty, Wise and Wicked Maxims, New York: Brentano's

  • Reality, it cannot be repeated too often, varies with every one of us.
    • p. 88.
  • There is no reality for me but pure thought. Minds alone are interesting.
    • p. 96.
  • A strange rage this modern mania to give a common manner to all minds and to destroy individuality.
    • p. 97.
  • Young men in meetings put in common nothing but their mediocrity.
    • p. 99.
  • What distinguishes an argument from a play upon words, is that the latter cannot be translated.
    • p. 101.
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