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    I used the word 'prose' in the Trans-Siberian in the early Latin sense of prosa dictu. Poem seemed to me too pretentious, too narrow. Prose is more open, popular.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: poem 
     
    Science is history arranged according to the superstition and taste of the moment. The vocabulary of scholars has no wit, no salt. These heavy tomes have no soul, they are filled with distress...
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: soul  moment 
     
    A writer should never install himself before a panorama, however grandiose it may be.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    Photogenic is a stupid, nonsensical word, but it is also a great mystery.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: mystery 
     
    My poor life This shawl Frayed on strongboxes full of gold I roll along with Dream And smoke And the only flame in the universe
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: poor  universe  dreams  smoke 
     
    Without the help of selfishness, the human animal would never have developed. Egoism is the vine by which man hoisted himself out of the swamp and escaped from the jungle.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: animals  men  selfishness  human  help 
     
    Writing is to descend like a miner to the depths of the mine with a lamp on your forehead, a light whose dubious brightness falsifies everything, whose wick is in permanent danger of explosion, whose blinking illumination in the coal dust exhausts and corrodes your eyes.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: eyes  danger  writing 
     
    Life The machine The human soul A 75mm breech My portrait
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: human  soul  machine 
     
    Writing is a noble privilege compared with the lot of most people, who live like parts of a machine, who live only to keep the gears of society pointlessly turning.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    I'm not an extraordinary worker, I'm an extraordinary daydreamer. I exceed all my fantasies-even that of writing.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: writing 
     
    The single fact of existing is already a true happiness.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: happiness  true  facts 
     
    A mud-stained sunlight began to splatter the sodden fields, and the hateful, nasal world of birds began to come to life. It seemed to me that I was coming out of a suffocating nightmare and that the low clouds flying before the wind were the shreds of an evil dream.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: evil  world  dreams 
     
    One's life, from being an exterior thing, grows inwards. Its intensity stays the same; and, d'you know, it's most mysterious, the corners in which the joy of living can sometimes hide away.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: joy  living 
     
    Only a soul full of despair can ever attain serenity and, to be in despair, you must have loved a good deal and still love the world.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: world  soul  despair 
     
    what are you looking for? There is no Truth. There's only action, action obeying a million different impulses, ephemeral action, action subjected to every possible and imaginable contingency and contradiction, Life. Life is crime, theft, jealousy, hunger, lies, disgust,stupidity, sickness, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, piles of corpses. what can you do about it, my poor friend?
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: crimes  truth  action  lies  jealousy  hunger  poor 
     
    Humanity lives in its fiction.
    — Blaise Cendrars
    tags: humanity  live  fiction 
     
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