Talk:Alphonse de Lamartine

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  • A conscience without God is like a court without a judge.
  • Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
  • If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.
  • Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.
  • Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
  • There is a woman at the begining of all great things.
  • Our only truth is our sorrow.
  • What crime have we commited in order to be born?
  • God is nothing but a dream word, in order to explain the existence of the world.
  • I am tired of museums - these cemeteries of art.
    • Le livre de la vie est le livre suprême
    • Qu'on ne peut ni fermer ni rouvrir à son choix;
    • Le passage attachant ne s'y lit pas deux fois,
    • Mais le feuillet fatal se tourne de lui-même:
    • On voudrait revenir à la page où l'on aime,
    • Et la page où l'on meurt est déjà sous nos doigts!
    • The book of life is the supreme book
    • that one can neither close nor reopen at will;
    • the interesting passage cannot be read twice,
    • but the fatal leaf turns by itself:
    • we would like to return to the page where we love,
    • and the page where we die is already under our fingers.
      • Source: French song from Berlioz to Duparc: the origin and development of the mélodie, p. 323; 1988.