Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (27 May 1894 – 1 July 1961). He was a French novelist, pamphleteer and physician. The name Céline was the first name of his grandmother. He is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, developing a new style of writing that modernized both French and world literature.

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    Life is filigree work.... What is written clearly is not worth much, it’s the transparency that counts.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)

    When you’re not used to comfort and good things to eat, you’re intoxicated by them in no time. Truth’s only too pleased to leave you. Very little’s ever needed for Truth to let go of you. And after all, you’re not really very keen to keep hold of it.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)

    Never believe straight off in a man’s unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer’s ‘yes,’ all’s well. That is enough.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)

    Living, just by itself—what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom’s the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you’ve got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that’s terribly exciting—or he’ll come along and nibble your brain.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)

    In Africa I had indeed found a sufficiently frightful kind of loneliness but the isolation of this American ant heap was even more shattering.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)