Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.
- Jean Cocteau French Poet, Novelist
- Charles Baudelaire French Poet
- Jean de La Fontaine French Poet
- Alphonse de Lamartine French Writer, Poet
- Arthur Rimbaud French Poet
- Remy de Gourmont French Poet, Novelist, Critic
- Victor Hugo French Novelist
- Gian Carlo Menotti Italian-born American Composer
- Mario Andretti Italian-born American Sportsperson
- Francis Marion Crawford Italian-born American Novelist