Alphonse de Lamartine Quotes


Silence --the applause of real and durable impressions.

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

Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind - it is only the difference in the victim.

Republicanism and ignorance are in bitter antagonism.

The attractiveness that exists to man in the very helplessness of woman is scarcely realized.

Silence and simplicity obtrude on no one but are yet two unequaled attractions in woman.

He who can create abhors destruction.

Photography is better than art. It is a solar phenomenon in which the artist collaborates with the sun.

If greatness of purpose smallness of means and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad?

Assassination makes only martyrs not converts.

Joy is a flame which association alone can keep alive and which goes out unless communicated.

The people only understand what they can feel; the only orators that can affect them are those who move them.

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.

Men are misers and women prodigal in affection.

Poetry has been the guardian angel of humanity in all ages.

It is in the habits of lawyers that every accusation appears insufficient if they do not exaggerate it even to calumny; it is thus that justice itself loses its sanctity and its respect amongst men.

It is admirable to die the victim of one's faith; it is sad to die the dupe of one's ambition.

The more I see of the representatives of the people the more I admire my dogs.

All nature is the temple; earth the altar.

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?

Argument should be polite as well as logical.

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

There is a woman at the begining of all great things.

Mystery hovers over all things here below.

France is revolutionary or she is nothing at all. The revolution of1789 is her political religion.

After his blood that which a man can next give out of himself is a tear.

History is neither more nor less than biography on a large scale.

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.

Soul of the universe Sire God Creator Lord I believe in Thee 'neath all these names: And without having need to hear thy word In the sky's brow my glorious creed I trace.

Esteem incites friendship but not love; the former is the twin brother of Reverence; the latter is the child of Equality.

Barbarism recommences by the excess of civilization.

Man is born barbarous--he is ransomed from the condition of beasts only by being cultivated.

But Nature too shakes off her sleep today; By May's mild sun we see reviv'd her frame Around my window Venus' birds proclaim The month most cherish'd backwards bends his way!

True love is the ripe fruit of a lifetime.

Man man is thy brother and thy father is God.

Treason which begins by being cautious ends by betraying itself.

If God is thy father human beings are thy brothers and sisters.

I am the fellow citizen of every being that thinks; my country is Truth.

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.

Exquisite beauty resides rather in the female form than face where it is also more lasting.

Let us enjoy the fugitive hour. Man has no harbor time has no shore; it rushes on and carries us with it.

There is no man more complete than the one who travelled a lot who changed the shape of his thoughts and his life twenty times.

If one had but a single glance to give the world one should gaze on Istanbul.

Civil wars leave nothing but tombs.

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.

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

The photographer will never replace the painter; one is a man the other a machine. Let us compare them no longer. (1848)

Poets and heroes are of the same race the latter do what the former conceive.

Inspiration is solitary never consecutive.

It is because of the servility of photography that I am fundamentally contemptuous of this chance invention which will never be an art but which plagiarizes nature by means of optics. (1848)

The most effective coquetry is innocence.

A conscience without God is like a court without a judge.

It is for truth that God created genius.

My dog! the difference between thee and me knows only our Creator.

Thou makest the man O Sorrow!--yes the whole man --as the crucible gold.

When a dog is in your life there is always a reason to laugh.

Eloquence dwells quite as much in the hearts of the hearers as on the lips of the orator.

Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart.

I say to this night: "Pass more slowly"; and the dawn will come to dispel the night.

Poetry is the morning dream of great minds.

There is a name hidden in the shadow of my soul where I read it night and day and no other eye sees it.

Let us savour the swift delights of the most beautiful of our days!

Every time that a people which has long crouched in slavery and ignorance is moved to its lowest depths there appear monsters and heroes prodigies of crime and prodigies of virtue.

...to kill animals for the purpose of feeding on their flesh is one of the most deplorable and shameful infirmities of the human state

True greatness is sovereign wisdom. We are never deceived by our virtues.

The impartiality of history is not that of the mirror which merely reflects objects but of the judge who sees listens and decides.

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

Radicalism is but the desperation of logic.

Limited in his nature infinite in his desires man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.

Modesty and dew love the shade.

Eternity is so certain and so terrible that a thousand lives would not suffice to prepare for it.

At twenty every one is republican.

An artist should have more than two eyes.

Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.

Private passions tire and exhaust themselves public ones never.

God - but a word invoked to explain the world.

Philosophy is the rational expression of genius.

Enthusiasm is the intoxication of earnestness.

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.

We cannot have two hearts one for the animals and one for men. In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter there is no difference but in the victim.

History teaches everything even the future.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. I am the fellow citizen of every being that thinks; my country is Truth.

Void of freedom what would virtue be?

Fiction is the microscope of truth.

Man is God by his faculty for thought.

Women have much more heart and much more imagination than men; hence fancy often allures them.

Good manners require space and time.

A woman's strength is most potent when robed in gentleness.

Time is a great ocean which like the other ocean overflows with our remains.

Friendship sweet-resting place of the soul the gloaming wherein our hearts find peace....

Limited in his nature infinite in his desire man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.

Let us love the passing hour let us hurry up and enjoy our time.

Life is too short to spare an hour of it in the indulgence of this evil passion.

We don't have two hearts one for animals and one for humans ; we have one heart or we don't have any.

Habit with it's iron sinews clasps us and leads us day by day.

The reason that women are so much more sociable than men is because they act more from the heart than the intellect.

Ink is the transcript of thought.

Kindness is virtue itself.

Sentiment is the poetry of the imagination.

If they say "you have your last chance to look at the world" I wish that look would from �amlıca of Istanbul.

Sometimes only one person is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.

Unanimity is the mistress of strength.

Newspapers will ultimately engross all literature.

Utopias are often just premature truths.

Private passions grow tired and wear themselves out; political passions never.

Virginity is the poetry not the reality of life.

Death with funereal shades in vain surrounds me My reason through his darkness seeth light: 'Tis the last step which brings me close to Thee: 'Tis the veil falling 'twixt Thy face and mine.

Sad is his lot who once at least in his life has not been a poet.

All our tastes are but reminiscences.

¡Oh tiempo deja ya de volar!

El sol de los vivos ya no calienta a los muertos