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Charles Victor Cherbuliez
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What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

      
To endeavor to domineer over conscience, is to invade the citadel of heaven.
   
  
People who have had a great deal of experience learn not to lose their temper.
  
While it seems a bit disappointing, these four quotations are the only truly relevant ones that we can find for Charles!  We'll keep looking, but for now, these will have to do!
   

Half the joy of life is in the little things taken on the run.  Let us run if we must--even the sands do that--but let us keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us.

     

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Charles Victor Cherbuliez (July 19, 1829 - July 1, 1899), French novelist and miscellaneous writer, was born at Geneva, where his father, André Cherbuliez (1795-1874), was a classical professor at the university.

He was descended from a family of Protestant refugees, and many years later Victor Cherbuliez resumed his French nationality, taking advantage of an act passed in the early days of the Revolution.  Geneva was the scene of his early education; thence he proceeded to Paris, and afterwards to the universities of Bonn and Berlin.

He returned to his native town and engaged in the profession of teaching.  After his resumption of French citizenship he was elected a member of the Academy (1881), and having received the Legion of Honor in 1870, he was promoted to be officer of the order in 1892.

Cherbuliez was a voluminous and successful writer of fiction.  His first book, originally published in 1860, reappeared in 1864 under the title of Un Cheval de Phidias:  it is a romantic study of art in the golden age of Athens.  He went on to produce a series of novels, most of which first appeared in the Revue des deux mondes, to which Cherbuliez also contributed a number of political and learned articles, usually printed with the pseudonym G Valbert.  Many of these have been published in collected form under the titles L'Allemagne politique (1870), L'Espagne politique (1874), Profils étrangers (1889), L'Art et la nature (1892), etc. The volume Etudes de littérature et d'art (1873) includes articles for the most part reprinted from Le Temps.
 
The earlier novels of Cherbuliez have been said with truth to show marked traces of the influence of George Sand; and in spite of modification, his method was that of an older school.  He did not possess the somber power or the intensely analytical skill of some of his later contemporaries, but his books are distinguished by a freshness and honesty, fortified by cosmopolitan knowledge and lightened by unobtrusive humor, which fully account for their wide popularity in many countries besides his own.  His genius was the reverse of dramatic, and attempts to present two of his stories on the stage have not succeeded. His essays have all the merits due to liberal observation and thoroughness of treatment; their style, like that of the novels, is admirably lucid and correct.
  

  

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