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Octave Mirbeau

French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright

Octave Mirbeau

Sculpture by Auguste Rodin

Octave Mirbeau

Painting by Félix Vallotton

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" "Children, by nature, are keen, passionate and curious. What was referred to as laziness is often merely an awakening of sensitivity, a psychological inability to submit to certain absurd duties, and a natural result of the distorted, unbalanced education given to them. This laziness, which leads to an insuperable reluctance to learn, is, contrary to appearances, sometimes proof of intellectual superiority and a condemnation of the teacher ."" - Octave Mirbeau

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" "Dead trees enclosed the bodies of men and women, violently distorted and subjected to hideous and shameful tortures ." (Garden of Tortures)" - Octave Mirbeau

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" "Desire can attain the darkest human terror and give an actual ideal of hell and its horror ."" - Octave Mirbeau

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" "During Humankind's long centuries societies have risen and fallen, all alike in this one fact which rules all history: the great are protected, the small are crushed ."" - Octave Mirbeau

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" "Each footstep taken in this society bristles with privileges, and is marked with a bloodstain; each turn of the government machinery grinds the tumbling, gasping flesh of the poor; and tears are running from everywhere in the impenetrable night of suffering. Facing these endless murders and continuous tortures, what's the meaning of society, this crumbling wall, this collapsing staircase ?"" - Octave Mirbeau


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