Literary Birthday – 2 April – Émile Zola

Émile Zola was born 2 April 1840, and died 29 September 1902.

Nine Quotes

  1. If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
  2. Truth is on the march; nothing can stop it now.
  3. Civilisation will not attain perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.
  4. The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
  5. If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
  6. Everything is only a dream.
  7. There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.
  8. One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.
  9. When you have a sorrow that is too great it leaves no room for any other.

Émile Zola was an influential French novelist. He was the most important example of the literary school of naturalism and a major figure in the political liberalisation of France. After the publication of l’Assommoir, Zola became a figurehead among the literary bourgeoisie. The novel, Germinal established him as a successful author. His writing is available in The Complete Works of Emile Zola.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 2nd April 2013