Comte (, ) is a title of Catalan, Occitan and French nobility. In the English language, the title is equivalent to count, a rank in several European nobilities. The corresponding rank in England is earl. A comte ranks below a marquis or margrave (the French have two equivalent words for the same title) and above a vicomte (viscomte in Catalan and Occitan, "viscount").
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“Throughout the centuries, man has considered himself beautiful.... I rather suppose that man only believes in his own beauty out of pride; that he is not really beautiful and he suspects this himself; for why does he look on the face of his fellow-man with such scorn?”
—Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (18461870)
“To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem.”
—Honoré Gabriel Riquet, Comte De Mirabeau (17491791)
“Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.”
—Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (184670)