The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.

Rémy De Gourmont criticism and the arts

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Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion.... Art is the accomplice of love. Take love aw ay and there is no longer art.

Rémy De Gourmont aesthetics

Art includes everything that stimulates the desire to live; science, everything that sharpens the desire to know. Art, even the mo st disinterested, the most disembodied, is the auxiliary of life. Born of the sensibility, it sows and creates it in its turn. It is the flower of life and, as seed, it gives back life. Science, or to use a broader term, knowledge, has its end in itself, apart from any idea of life and propagation of the species. Intelligence, that sublimation of the sensibility, that organ of the need to know, is sterilized sensibility. To know, and to know still more--the instinct for knowledge is insatiable, because the subject of knowledge is limitless.

Rémy De Gourmont art science

Science is the only truth and it is the great lie. It knows nothing, and people think it knows everything. It is misrepresented. P eople think that science is electricity, automobilism, and dirigible balloons. It is something very different. It is life devouring itself. It is the sensibility transformed into intelligence. It is the need to know stifling the need to live. It is the genius of knowledge vivisecting the vital genius.

Rémy De Gourmont science

The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to tak e to pieces an entire universe.... A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.

Rémy De Gourmont definition

If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be--not understood, but divined.

Rémy De Gourmont understanding