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François-René de Chateaubriand

Geburtstag: 4. September 1768
Todesdatum: 4. Juli 1848
Andere Namen: Chateaubriand, Francois R. de Chateaubriand

François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand war ein französischer Schriftsteller, Politiker und Diplomat. Er gilt als einer der Begründer der literarischen Romantik in Frankreich.

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„Die Revolution hätte mich mitgerissen, hätte sie nicht mit Verbrechen begonnen: beim Anblick des ersten Kopfes auf der Spitze einer Pike zuckte ich zurück. Niemals wird für mich der Mord Gegenstand der Bewunderung und ein Argument für die Freiheit sein.“ Memoirs of Chateaubriand: From His Birth in 1768, Till His Return to France in 1800

„Die Götterbilder wanken.“ Der Märtyrer


„Man hätte gerne eine Sammlung der letzten Worte berühmter Menschen.“ Vie de Rancé, 1844

„Die großen Menschen, die auf der Erde eine sehr kleine Familie bilden, finden leider nur sich selbst zum Nachahmen.“ Von jenseits des Grabes

„Wäre ich Narr genug, noch an das Glück zu glauben, so würde ich es in der Gewohnheit suchen.“ Der Geist des Christentums

„An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.“ The Genius of Christianity or the Spirit and Beauty of the Christian Religion

„A moral character is attached to autumnal scenes; the leaves falling like our years, the flowers fading like our hours, the clouds fleeting like our illusions, the light diminishing like our intelligence, the sun growing colder like our affections, the rivers becoming frozen like our lives--all bear secret relations to our destinies.“ Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe

„Every man carries within himself a world made up of all that he has seen and loved; and it is to this world that he returns, incessantly, though he may pass through and seem to inhabit a world quite foreign to it.“


„A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.“

„Alexander created cities everywhere he passed: I have left dreams everywhere I have trailed my life.“ Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe

„You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.“

„Justice is the bread of the nation, it is always hungry for it.“


„A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labour and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.“

„Quand on parle des vices d’un homme, si on vous dit : “Tout le monde le dit” ne le croyez pas; si l’on parle de ses vertus en vous disant encore : “Tout le monde le dit”, croyez-le.“

„A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between her work and her play; her labor and her leisure; her mind and her body; her education and her recreation. She hardly knows which is which. She simply pursues her vision of excellence through whatever she is doing, and leaves others to determine if she is working or playing. To herself, she always appears to be doing both.“

„Le passé et le présent sont deux statues incomplètes: l'une a été retirée toute mutilée du débris des âges, l'autre n'a pas encore reçu sa perfection de l'avenir.“ René

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