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.