Maurice Barrès

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

  • "The reader collaborates with the author in every book", or "The reader is co-author in every book" (Tout livre a pour collaborateur son lecteur)[1]
  • "The individual is nothing, society is everything" (L'individu n'est rien, la société est tout).[2]
  • "Reality, it cannot be repeated too often, varies with every one of us."[3]
  • "There is no reality for me but pure thought. Minds alone are interesting."[4]
  • "A strange rage this modern mania to give a common manner to all minds and to destroy individuality."[5]
  • "Young men in meetings put in common nothing but their mediocrity."[6]
  • "What distinguishes an argument from a play upon words, is that the latter cannot be translated."[7]
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  1. Biographical notice on Evene Template:Fr icon
  2. Les Déracinés (Roman de l'énergie nationale I), in Romans et voyages, R. Laffont Bouquins, 1994, p. 615.
  3. Pène du Bois, Henri (1897). Witty, Wise and Wicked Maxims, New York: Brentano's, p. 88.
  4. Pène du Bois (1897), p. 96.
  5. Pène du Bois (1897), p. 97.
  6. Pène du Bois (1897), p. 99.
  7. Pène du Bois (1897), p. 101.