Camille loved his wife, Lucile. Upon her accepting his marriage proposal (or, rather, her father accepting it), he wrote these words to his father.:
I have waited so long for happiness, but it has come to me at last, and today I am as happy as any man can ever be on this earth. Lucile, about whom I've written so often and whom I have loved for eight years, has promised to marry me and her parents have at last consented. A moment ago, her mother came, crying with joy, to tell me the good news… She led me into her daughter's room and I threw myself on the floor before Lucile. I heard her laugh and I raised my eyes in surprise. But, like mine, her eyes were filled with tears of happiness and she was crying at the same time as she laughed. Never have I seen anything so beautiful…."
Talk about wearing one's heart on one's sleeve. I gotta love this guy.
Then, upon the birth of his son, Horace:
"I have a son! My only wish is that one day he will love me as much as I love my father."