Guillaume Apollinaire

(26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918 / Rome)

Quotations

  • ''I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.''
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. Mercure de France (Paris) no. 33 (April 1, 1911). Anecdotiques (1926).
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  • ''It's raining my soul, it's raining, but it's raining dead eyes.''
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. La Nuit d'avril 1915, Calligrammes (1918). On enemy fire.
  • ''A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.''
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "New Painters," The Cubist Painters (1913).
  • ''The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.''
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).
  • ''To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.''
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).
  • ''Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.''
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), Italian-born French poet, critic. "On Painting," The Cubist Painters (1913).

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Hunting Horns

Our story’s noble as its tragic
like the grimace of a tyrant
no drama’s chance or magic
no detail that’s indifferent
makes our great love pathetic
And Thomas de Quincey drinking
Opiate poison sweet and chaste
Of his poor Anne went dreaming
We pass we pass since all must pass

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