Wednesday, March 11, 2015


A Most Suitable Occupation

Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), preface to Mademoiselle de Maupin (tr. Eleanor Marx Aveling):
It appears to me that the most fitting occupation for a civilised man is to do nothing, or to smoke analytically his pipe or cigar.

L'occupation la plus séante à un homme policé me paraît de ne rien faire, ou de fumer analytiquement sa pipe ou son cigare.

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