[…] It found that those who settle in London are the most hardworking, creative, intellectual and extrovert of all Britons, but they also tend to be the grumpiest.
The inhabitants of Devon, Cornwall, Northumberland and Tyneside are apparently the least outgoing and the most neurotic, while people who live in the East Midlands are cheerful and conscientious.
Researchers at Cambridge are drawing up a ‘personality map’ of Britain, which shows that regional trends are becoming more amplified as people with similar character traits increasingly gravitate to the same areas.
France is passing through a period of vulgarity. Paris, a center radiating universal stupidity. Despite Moliere and Beranger, no one would ever have believed that France would take to the road of progress at such a rate. Matters of art, terra incognitae.
Great men are stupid.
My book may have done some good; I do not regret that. It may have done harm; I do not rejoice at that.
The aim of poetry. This book is not made for my wives, my daughters, or my sisters.
Every sin, every crime I have related has been inputed to me.
Hatred and contempt as forms of amusement. Elegists are vulgar scum. Et verbum caro factum est. The poet is of no party. Otherwise, he would be a mere mortal.
The Devil. Original sin. Man as good. If you would, you could be the Tyrant’s favorite; it is more difficult to love God than to believe in Him. On the other hand, it is more difficult for people nowadays to believe in the Devil than to love him. Everyone smells him and no one believes in him. Sublime subtlety of the Devil.
A soul to my liking. The scene. — Thus, novelty. — The Epigraph. —D’Aurevilly.— The Renaissance. — Gerard de Nerval. — We are all hanged or hangable.
I have included a certain amount of filth to please the gentlemen of the press. They have proved ungrateful.
“In other words, we didn’t domesticate cats, they domesticated themselves. The animal was not tamed by the human, it looked the human up and down, liked what it saw and decided it would put on its cutest expression and pretend to be friends […].”—The Guardian