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This text should be read in its historical context and be taken lightly.

I very much like two lines:

l'univers est une farce de l'esprit

This illustrates France's 'a-cosmique' take on life very well, as its bourgeois ideal. It contrasts very much with Germany's (today) much more down-to-earth ways that often lack elegance or style while there's much admiration for France's airy-fairy 'Art-de-Vivre'.

I disagree with P. Ayme above who claims that Cioran compares the French with the Nazis unless he considers that German and Nazi are synonymous.

Rien ne blesse plus l'intelligence que le patriotisme.

So true!

by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Thu Jun 11th, 2009 at 04:47:08 PM EST

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