Stéphane Mallarmé was born 18 March 1842, and died 9 September 1898.
- Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.
- To define is to kill. To suggest is to create.
- It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.
- It is in front of paper that the artist creates himself.
- I have made a long enough descent into the void to speak with certainty. There is nothing but beauty—and beauty has only one perfect expression, Poetry. All the rest is a lie.
- We do not write poems with ideas, but with words.
- In reading, a lonely, quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation.
Stéphane Mallarmé was a French poet and critic. His work anticipated and inspired several revolutionary artistic schools of the early 20th century, such as Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. A selection of his works is available in Collected Poems and Other Verse.
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