Frasi Émile-Auguste Chartier

„Any kind of barbarism, once established, will last.“

—  Alain

Men of Action
Alain On Happiness (1928)

„Man himself is an enigma in motion“

—  Alain

Introduction
The Gods (1934)
Contesto: Man himself is an enigma in motion; his questions never stay asked; whereas the mold, the footprint, and by natural extension, the statue itself, like the vaults, the arches, the temples with which man records his own passing, remain immobile and fix a moment of man’s life, upon which one might endlessly meditate.

„Every boat is copied from another boat…“

—  Alain

Propos d’un Normand (1908); as quoted in "Natural selection and cultural rates of change" by D. S. Rogers and P. R. Ehrlich (2008) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105:3416–3420
Contesto: Every boat is copied from another boat... Let’s reason as follows in the manner of Darwin. It is clear that a very badly made boat will end up at the bottom after one or two voyages, and thus never be copied... One could then say, with complete rigor, that it is the sea herself who fashions the boats, choosing those which function and destroying the others.

„One must preach life, not death; spread hope, not fear and cultivate joy, man's most valuable treasure. That is the secret of the greatest of the wise, and it wil be the light of tomorrow.“

—  Alain

On Pity
Alain On Happiness (1928)
Contesto: One must preach life, not death; spread hope, not fear and cultivate joy, man's most valuable treasure. That is the secret of the greatest of the wise, and it wil be the light of tomorrow. Passions are sad. Hatred is sad. Joy destroys passions and hatred. Let us begin by telling ourselves that sadness is never noble, beautiful or useful.

„Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.“

—  Alain

Propos sur le Religion no. 74 (1938), under the pen name Alain.
Alternate translation: “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.” IZQuotes https://izquotes.com/quote/%C3%A9mile-chartier/nothing-is-more-dangerous-than-an-idea-when-you-have-only-one-idea-390165 (retrieved 10/30/18).

„Happiness is a reward that comes to those that have not looked for it.“

—  Alain

Victories
Alain On Happiness (1928)

„Our errors perish before we do. Let's not mummify them and keep them around.“

—  Alain

Our Future
Alain On Happiness (1928)

„When people ask me if the division between parties of the right and parties of the left, men of the right and men of the left, still makes sense, the first thing that comes to mind is that the person asking the question is certainly not a man of the left.“

—  Alain

Statement of 1931, as quoted by Marcel Gauchet, Realms of Memory: Rethinking the French Past, Vol. 1 - Conflicts and Divisions, edited by Pierre Nora and Lawrence Kritzman, p. 266 ISBN 9780231084048

„Idleness is the mother of all vices, but also of all virtues.“

—  Alain

Men of Action
Alain On Happiness (1928)

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