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 line 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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    To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don’t deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
    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)

    The novel can’t compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who’s had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)

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

    There’s a point of poverty at which the spirit isn’t with the body all the time. It finds the body really too unbearable. So it’s almost as if you were talking to the soul itself. And a soul’s not properly responsible.
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961)