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Charles Augustin de Sainte-Beuve

Data di nascita: 23. Dicembre 1804
Data di morte: 13. Ottobre 1869


Charles Augustin de Sainte-Beuve è stato un critico letterario, scrittore e aforista francese, una delle figure di spicco della critica letteraria in Francia.

Frasi Charles Augustin de Sainte-Beuve


„Silence is the sovereign contempt.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Pensées et maximes (Paris: B. Grasset, 1954) p. 271; Nicholas Rescher Communicative Pragmatism and Other Philosophical Essays on Language (Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998) p. 146.

„Let us beware of irony when making judgements. Of all the dispositions of the mind, irony is the least intelligent.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Notebook entry, February 24, 1848, cited from Les cahiers de Sainte-Beuve (Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1876) p. 75; Christopher Prendergast The Classic (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007) p. 244.

„Injustice…is a mother who is never barren, and bears children worthy of her.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Causeries du lundi (Paris: Garnier, 1857) vol. 1, p. 148; E. J. Trechmann (trans.) Causeries du Lundi (London: George Routledge, 1909) vol. 1, p. 117. Sainte-Beuve was here merely reporting words spoken by Adolphe Thiers, but many French quotation websites (e.g. [ Dico-Citations]) attribute them to Sainte-Beuve himself.


„Despair itself if it goes on long enough, can become a kind of sanctuary in which one settles down and feels at ease.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
"Vie de Joseph Delorme" (1829), cited from Poésies completes de Sainte-Beuve (Paris: Charpentier, 1840) p. 16; Mardy Grothe Oxymoronica (London: HarperCollins, 2004) p. 201.

„Most often we are judging not others, but rather our own faculties in others.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Œuvres choisies (Paris: A. Hatier, 1934) p. 774; Andrew George Lehmann Sainte-Beuve (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962) p. 301.

„Since it is necessary to have enemies, let us endeavour to have those who do us honour.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Derniers portraits littéraires (1852; Paris: Didier, 1858) p. 534 ; translated by W. Fraser Rae, in Sainte-Beuve English Portraits (London: Dalby, Isbister, 1875) p. xci.

„A philosophical thought has probably not attained all its sharpness and all its illumination until it is expressed in French“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Society for Pure English, Tract 5 The Englishing of French Words; The Dialectal Words in Blunden's Poems Author: Society for Pure English Release Date: June 5, 2004

„To lend freshness to things known, to spread knowledge of things new; an excellent program for a critic.“

— Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Causeries du lundi, vol. 11 (1856; Paris: Garnier, 1868) p. 512; Philo M. Buck, Jr. Literary Criticism (New York: Harper, 1930) p. 398

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