Garabet Ibrăileanu

Romanian scholar, publicist, novelist, literary critic and historian

The intelligent fall into two categories: good and bad. The foolish fall into only one: bad.

The intelligent fall into two categories: good and bad. The foolish fall into only one: bad.

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Love, this madness of physiology, cannot be told in its totality except through music, because pain is expressed through screams and music is the perfected scream.

Love, this madness of physiology, cannot be told in its totality except through music, because pain is expressed through screams and music is the perfected scream.

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Regretting that you were not born different means regretting that you were born you and not somebody else. Wishing to be different means wishing for youself to die and another to be born. Because you, you are you.

Regretting that you were not born different means regretting that you were born you and not somebody else. Wishing to be different means wishing for youself to die and another to be born. Because you, you are you.

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A people cannot justify its right to a distinct existence in the company of civilized peoples unless it can contribute something to world culture, bringing to it the specific note of its own genius.

A people cannot justify its right to a distinct existence in the company of civilized peoples unless it can contribute something to world culture, bringing to it the specific note of its own genius.

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What a pity that, instead of evolving from the kind and gentle elephant, man is descended from the lubricious and bloodthirsty monkey!

What a pity that, instead of evolving from the kind and gentle elephant, man is descended from the lubricious and bloodthirsty monkey!

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Realist in observation and idealist in aspirations – that is the physiognomy of well-organised souls.

Realist in observation and idealist in aspirations – that is the physiognomy of well-organised souls.

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They say time passes. Time never passes. We pass through time.

They say time passes. Time never passes. We pass through time.

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Nobody loves without hoping, at least unconsciously, to be loved back. That is why only a madman falls in love with queens.

Nobody loves without hoping, at least unconsciously, to be loved back. That is why only a madman falls in love with queens.

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To those who deserve your respect offer the honour of your intransigence.

To those who deserve your respect offer the honour of your intransigence.

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To those you respect, pay the homage of not giving way on any of your opinions. As for the rest,  do not honour them with your intransigence.

To those you respect, pay the homage of not giving way on any of your opinions. As for the rest, do not honour them with your intransigence.

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  • Date of birth: 23 May 1871
  • Date of death: 11 March 1936

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