Quotes by François-René de Chateaubriand

"An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate."

"A moral character is attached to autumnal scenes; the leaves falling like our years, the flowers fading like our hours, the clouds fleeting like our illusions, the light diminishing like our intelligence, the sun growing colder like our affections, the rivers becoming frozen like our lives--all bear secret relations to our destinies."

"Every man carries within himself a world made up of all that he has seen and loved; and it is to this world that he returns, incessantly, though he may pass through and seem to inhabit a world quite foreign to it."

"A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both."

"You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light."

Books by François-René de Chateaubriand

  • Le Paradis perdu
  • 145,578 ratings
  • May 12th 1995 by Gallimard

    (first published 1667)

  • Atala / René
  • 1,044 ratings
  • January 1st 1952 by University of California Press

    (first published 1801)

  • René
  • 709 ratings
  • June 28th 1996 by Larousse Editions

    (first published 1802)

  • Atala
  • 268 ratings
  • January 11th 1995 by French & European Pubns

    (first published April 2nd 1801)

François-René de Chateaubriand
  • François-René de Chateaubriand

  • Date of birth: September 04, 1768
  • Died: July 04, 1848
  • Born: in Saint-Malo, France.

  • Description: François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand was a French writer, politician and diplomat. He is considered the founder of Romanticism in French literature.He has also been mistakenly given the forename François-Auguste in an 1811 edition, but signed all his worked as just Chateaubriand or M. le vicomte de Chateaubriand.