Mellin de Saint-Gelais

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Mellin de Saint-Gelais (ca. 1490 – October 1558) was a French writer of the Renaissance and Poet Laureate of Francis I of France.

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  • It's better to act and to regret / Than to regret not to have acted
    • Original: Mieux vaut faire, et se repentir / Que se repentir, et rien faire
    • Source: Quatrains, LXXVIII
  • No bird can ever fly / like a heart can rise so high
    • Original: Il n'est oiseau qui sût voler / Si haut comme un coeur peut aller
    • Source: Quatrains, LXXXIV
  • A friendship that can be ended / didn't ever start
    • Original: Amitié qui se peut finir / Ne fut jamais bien commencée
    • Source: Oeuvres poétiques
  • So you must always remember / that time ends the beauty
    • Original: Ainsi vous doit-il souvenir / Que le temps finit la beauté
    • Source: Oeuvres poétiques