Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d’un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century, autobiographical) from 1836.
Musset was born on 11 December 1810 in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key government positions, but never gave his son any money. His mother was similarly accomplished, and her role as a society hostess – for example her drawing-room parties, luncheons, and dinners, held in the Musset residence – left a lasting impression on young Alfred.
1. ONE MUST NOT TRIFLE WITH LOVE.
2. THE RETURN MAKES ONE LOVE THE FAREWELL.
3. EACH MEMORABLE VERSE OF A TRUE POET HAS TWO OR THREE TIMES THE WRITTEN CONTENT.
4. GREAT ARTISTS HAVE NO COUNTRY.
5. I CANNOT HELP IT – IN SPITE OF MYSELF, INFINITY TORMENTS ME.
6. HOW GLORIOUS IT IS – AND ALSO HOW PAINFUL – TO BE AN EXCEPTION.
7. THINGS THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND ALWAYS CAUSE A SENSATION AMONG THE ENGLISH.
8. THERE IS NO WORSE SORROW THAN REMEMBERING HAPPINESS IN THE DAY OF SORROW.
9. THE MOST DESPAIRING SONGS ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AND I KNOW SOME IMMORTAL ONES THAT ARE PURE TEARS.
10. WITH A KISS LET US SET OUT FOR AN UNKNOWN WORLD.