Rémy De Gourmont Poems

Hair

THERE is great mystery, Simone,
In the forest of your hair.

It smells of hay, and of the stone
Cattle have been lying on;... more »

Rémy De Gourmont Quotes

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 take to pieces an entire universe.... A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.
Rémy De Gourmont (1858-1915), French critic, novelist. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Glen S. Burne (1966). "Glory and the Idea of Immortality," sct. 1, Le Chemin de Velours (1902).
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 (1858-1915), French critic, novelist. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Glen S. Burne (1966). "On Style and Writing," sct. 6, La Culture des Idées (1900).
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Rémy De Gourmont (1858-1915), French critic, novelist. Murry called this statement "the motto of a true criticism, conscious of its limitations and its strengths." Quoted in John Middleton Murry, "A Critical Credo," Countries of the Mind (1922).

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