Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (1840 - 1902) was a great novelist, critic and French political activist of the late nineteenth century. He was the founder of the movement naturalism, which can be found in a huge work of 20 novels. His biological approach to the scrupulous description of life and of common people was based on the contemporary theory of hereditary determinism, which he used to demonstrate how genetic and environmental factors influence human behavior.
He was also an important figure in the political liberalization of France and is especially known for the exoneration of army officer Alfred Dreyfus, accused and falsely convicted. Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize for literature in 1901 and 1902.
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Famous quotes by Émile Zola
The only basis for living is to believe in life, love it and apply all the strength of the intellect to know it better.
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!
One forges his style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.
The past is nothing but the cemetery of our illusions.
Existence is so bitter for each of us! Shouldn't we forgive others, my friend, if we want to forgive ourselves?
In my opinion, he cannot claim to have seen something until he has photographed it.
These young people naturally grow up with ideas different from ours, as they are born for times when we will no longer be here.
Beauty is a state of mind.
A language is a logic.
My art is an affirmation of the individual out of all rules and of all social needs.
Through the centuries, the history of the peoples is nothing more than a lesson of mutual tolerance.
When sometimes, behind him, he was called a tyrant, he simply smiled and pronounced this profound observation: if one day I become liberal, they will say that I have disappointed them.
When you have a pain that is too big, you leave no room for any other.
A new dynasty is never founded without a fight. The blood makes good manure.
In love as in speculation there is a lot of dirt. Also in love, people think only of their own gratification; However, without love there would be no life, and the world would come to an end.
If I cannot overwhelm with my quality, I will overwhelm with my quantity.
It is not necessary for one to humble oneself to deserve help, it is enough for one to suffer.
Didn't one spend the first half of the days in dreams of happiness and the second half in regrets and terrors?
When lovers kiss on the cheeks, it is because they are looking, feeling each other's lips. The lovers are made with a kiss.
I am little worried about beauty or perfection. All that matters to me is life, struggle, intensity.
When the truth is buried, it grows. He's drowning. Collect a force so explosive that the day it explodes, explodes everything with it.
A lifetime would not be long enough for you to wear out the look of the young harvester.
I spend pleasant evenings in my garden, seeing everything that lives around me. As I get older, I feel that everything is going and I love everything with more passion.
Sin must be something exquisite, my dear boy.
Everything is just a dream.
Governments distrust literature because it is a force that eludes them.
Did science promise happiness? I do not think so. He promised the truth, and the question is whether we will ever make happiness with the truth.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.
Yes! Live life with every fiber of your being, surrender yourself, without thoughts of rebellion, without deceiving yourself that you can improve and make it painless.
I'd rather die of passion than of boredom.
A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament.
Why does my heart move so much when I meet a lost dog in our noisy streets? Why do I feel such anguish when I see one of these creatures come and go, sniffing everyone, scared, desperate to find their master?
If you shut up the truth and bury it under the earth, it will grow and accumulate such an explosive power that the day it explodes through it, everything will explode in its path.
Nothing develops intelligence like travel.
If people can love each other just a little, they can be so happy ...
Hate is holy. It is the indignation of the strong and paternal hearts, the militant disdain of those to whom the mediation and the need anger. To hate is to love, it is to have a burning and generous soul, it is to live comfortably, despising stupid and shameful things.
Respectable people ... What bastards!
It is not I who am strong, it is the reason, it is the truth.
The truth is underway, and nothing will stop it.
The highest duty of man is to protect animals from cruelty.
I have only one passion: to enlighten those who have been in darkness, in the name of humanity that has suffered so much and has the right to happiness. My burning protest is simply the cry of my soul.
The fate of animals is more important to me than the fear of looking ridiculous; It is inextricably connected with the destiny of men.
There are two men within the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.
A god of goodness would be charitable to all. Your god of anger and punishment is nothing more than a monstrous fantasy.
I put out the candle, I don't need to see how my thoughts look.
Civilization will not reach its perfection until the last stone of the last church falls on the last priest.
Violence has never prospered, you cannot rebuild the world in one day. Anyone who promises to change everything for you is a fool or a rogue!
Art for me ... is a denial of society, an affirmation of the individual, outside all the rules and all the demands of society.
The realistic word means nothing to me, because I would subordinate reality to temperament. Give me what is true and I will applaud. But give me what is individual and alive and I will applaud even more.
The conclusion does not belong to the artist.