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Georges Louis Buffon

Data di nascita: 7. Settembre 1707
Data di morte: 16. Aprile 1788
Altri nomi:Georges-Louis Leclerc, conde de Buffon

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Georges-Louis Leclerc, conte di Buffon , è stato un naturalista, matematico e cosmologo francese. Esponente del movimento scientifico legato all'Illuminismo, le sue teorie avrebbero influito sulle generazioni successive di naturalisti, in particolare sugli evoluzionisti Jean-Baptiste Lamarck e Charles Darwin. Nato – come George-Louis Leclerc, signore di Digione e di Montbard – da una famiglia della piccola nobiltà, assunse il titolo di Conte di Buffon, con il quale è conosciuto universalmente, solo nel 1773.

La località eponima Buffon, nella Côte-d'Or, vicino al suo luogo di nascita, fu la signoria della famiglia Buffon.

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„[F]rom the earliest periods of time [man] alone has divided the empire of the world between him and Nature.... [H]e rather enjoys than possesses, and it is by constant and perpetual activity and vigilance that he preserves his advantage, for if those are neglected every thing languishes, changes, and returns to the absolute dominion of Nature. She resumes her power, destroys the operations of man; envelopes with moss and dust his most pompous monuments, and in the progress of time entirely effaces them, leaving man to regret having lost by his negligence what his ancestors had acquired by their industry. Those periods in which man loses his empire, those ages in which every thing valuable perishes, commence with war and are completed by famine and depopulation. Although the strength of man depends solely upon the union of numbers, and his happiness is derived from peace, he is, nevertheless, so regardless of his own comforts as to take up arms and to fight, which are never-failing sources of ruin and misery. Incited by insatiable avarice, or blind ambition, which is still more insatiable, he becomes callous to the feelings of humanity; regardless of his own welfare, his whole thoughts turn upon the destruction of his own species, which he soon accomplishes. The days of blood and carnage over, and the intoxicating fumes of glory dispelled, he beholds, with a melancholy eye, the earth desolated, the arts buried, nations dispersed, an enfeebled people, the ruins of his own happiness, and the loss of his real power.“

—  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
Buffon's Natural History (1797) Vol. 10, pp. 340-341 https://books.google.com/books?id=respAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA340, an English translation of Histoire Naturelle (1749-1804).

„Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience.“

—  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
Narrated by Herault de Séchelles ( La visite à Buffon, ou Voyage à Montbard http://www.atramenta.net/lire/voyage-a-montbard/3508, 1790), when speaking of a talk with Buffon in 1785. (Not in Buffon's works.) Reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„The style is the man.“

—  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
Discourse on taking his seat in the French Academie (Aug. 25, 1753). Le style c'est l'homme même. Œuvres Completes (1778). Histoire Naturelle (1769). Le style est de l'homme. Discours sur Style.

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