ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE QUOTES

French writer, poet & politician (1790-1869)

Alphonse de Lamartine quote

What is our life but a succession of preludes to that unknown song whose first solemn note is sounded by death?

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Méditations Poétiques

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Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Méditations Poétiques

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Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, attributed, Forbes, 1991

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Man hath no Heaven and Time's coast is chartless.
He speeds; we pass away!

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "The Lake"

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Shall not this bygone Eden that we knew
In our Eternal Life have shape and hue?
For where Time is not shall not all Time be?
In that calm breast whereto our souls are cleaving
Shall we not find our loved ones beyond grieving
About the hearth-stone of Eternity?

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "Memory and Hope"

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He, who can create, abhors destruction.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "Prayer", Poetical Meditations

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My reason is the universe's voice.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "Prayer", Poetical Meditations

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Already in the sacred bowl
I've quaff'd oblivion, and my rapturous soul
Heav'n's harbour gains full sail!

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "The Dying Christian", Poetical Meditations

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Before this century shall run out, journalism will be the whole press. Mankind will write their book day by day, hour by hour, page by page. Thought will spread abroad with the rapidity of light--instantly conceived, instantly written, instantly understood at the extremities of the earth.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical

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Ah! let us love, my Love, for Time is heartless,
Be happy while you may!

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "The Lake"

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We are earth's children, and life is the same in sap as in blood; all that the earth, our mother, feels and expresses to the eye by her form and aspect, in melancholy or in splendor, finds an echo within us.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Raphael: Or, Pages of the Book of Life at Twenty

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Too much I've seen, and felt, and lov'd in life,
Living I come to seek Lethaean calm;
Let me, fair scenes! forget all worldly strife,
Oblivion solely is my bosom's balm.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "The Valley", Poetical Meditations

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God is only a word dreamed up to explain the world.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "Le Tombeau d'une mère", Harmonies

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Hence life, as through a cloud, for me I see
Vanish, and to the past's dark shade 'tis chas'd;
As a grand image love remains to me--
Sole remnant of a dream, by morn effac'd.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "The Valley", Poetical Meditations

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The People will not allow themselves to be changed into hogs by the Circes of Atheism. Their souls will flash indignation against their transformers. A day will come when they will see that they are impoverished under the pretext of being enriched; that, when they are robbed of their souls and of God, both their titles to liberty are stolen from them.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Atheism Among the People

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What mortal is there, over whose first joys and happiness does not break some storm, dispelling with its icy breath his fanciful illusions, and shattering his altar?

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Méditations Poétiques

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Utopias are often just premature truths.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "Histoire des Girondins", Oeuvres Completes

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I love the people because I believe in God. For, if I did not believe in God, what would the people be to me? I should enjoy at ease that lucky throw of the dice, which chance had turned up for me, the day of my birth; and, with a secret, savage joy, I should say, "So much the worse for the losers!--the world is a lottery. Woe to the conquered!"

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Atheism Among the People

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Evening backward leadeth silence.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, "Evening", A Biographical Sketch: The Poetical Meditations and Poetical and Religious Harmonies of M. de Lamartine

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To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.

ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Graziella: A Story of Italian Love

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