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Quotation by Gérard De Nerval
The only refuge left to us was the poet's ivory tower, which we climbed, ever higher, to isolate ourselves from the mob.
Gérard De Nerval (1808–1855), French poet, author. repr. In Les Filles du Feu (1854). the narrator, in Sylvie, ch. 1, Revue des Deux Mondes (Paris, Aug. 15, 1853).
Thought to be the earliest source for the expression ivory tower.
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