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Lytton Strachey

Englishmen have always loved Moliere.

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Discretion is not the better part of biography.

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There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere of the later Middle Ages.

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The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it.

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The amateur is very rare in French literature - as rare as he is common in our own.

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With a very few exceptions, every word in the French vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.

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Unlike the majority of the writers of his age, La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives a peculiar tone to his work.

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How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.

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But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become still more obvious when we consider that besides being a great poet he is also a great psychologist.

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When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.

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