The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the bru te.

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The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. D ancing is poetry with arms and legs.

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It is at the same time by poetry and through poetry, by and through music, that the soul glimpses the splendors found behind the t omb; and when an exquisite poem brings tears to one's eyes, these tears are not the sign of excessive pleasure, they are rather witness to an irritated melancholy, to a condition of nerves, to a nature exiled to imperfection and which would like to seize immediately, on this very earth, a revealed paradise.

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In philosophical inquiry, the human spirit, imitating the movement of the stars, must follow a curve which brings it back to its p oint of departure. To conclude is to close a circle.

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These beings have no other profession than to cultivate the idea of beauty in their person, to satisfy their passions, to feel and to think.

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All beauties contain, like all possible phenomena, something eternal and something transitory,--something absolute and something p articular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction skimmed from the common surface of different sorts of beauty. The particular element of each beauty comes from the emotions, and as we each have our own particular emotions, so we have our beauty.

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