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ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE
French poet and historian
(1790 - 1869)
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I scarcely exceed the middle age of man; yet between infancy and maturity I have seen ten revolutions!
      - [Experience]

Ideas are pitiless.
      - [Ideas]

Ink is the transcript of thought.
      - [Ink]

Inspiration is solitary, never consecutive.
      - [Inspiration]

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

It is in the heart that God has placed the genius of women, because the works of this genius are all works of love.
      - [Genius]

It is the qualities of the heart, not those of the face, that should attract us in women, because the former are durable, the latter transitory. So lovable women, like roses, retain their sweetness long after they have lost their beauty.
      - [Quality]

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

Joyousness is Nature's garb of health.
      - [Joy]

Kindness is virtue itself.
      - [Kindness]

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

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

Love of country produces among men such examples as Cincinnatus, Alfred, Washington--pure, unselfish, symmetrical; among women, Vittoria Colonna, Madame Roland, Charlotte Corday, Jeanne Darc--romantic, devoted, marvelous.
      - [Patriotism]

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

Man, man, is thy brother, and thy father is God.
      - [Brotherhood]

Men are misers, and women prodigal, in affection.
      - [Women]

Modesty and dew love the shade.
      - [Retirement]

Mystery hovers over all things here below.
      - [Mystery]

Nature has given women two painful but heavenly gifts, which distinguish them, and often raise them above human nature,--compassion and enthusiasm. By compassion, they devote themselves; by enthusiasm they exalt themselves.
      - [Women]

Newspapers will ultimately engross all literature.
      - [Newspapers]

One can see him [Thiers] think through his skin.
      - [Thought]

Peace at any price.
  [Fr., Paix a tout prix.]
      - as quoted by A.H. Clough in "Letters and Remains" (ed. 1865)
        [Peace]

Philosophy is the rational expression of genius.
      - [Philosophy]

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

Poetry is the morning dream of great minds.
      - [Poetry]


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