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EDMOND ROSTAND
French poet and dramatist
(1868 - 1918)
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It is at night that faith in light is admirable.
      - [Faith]

My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
      - [Pessimists]

Without doubt
  I can teach crowing: for I gobble.
    [Fr., Sans doute
      Je peux apprendre a coqueriquer: je glougloute.]
      - Chanticleer (act I, sc. 2) [Self-love]

And sounding in advance its victory,
  My song jets forth so clear, so proud, so peremptory,
    That the horizon, seized with a rosy trembling,
      Obeys me.
        [Fr., Et sonnant d'avance sa victoire
          Mon chant jaillit si net, si fier, si peremptoire,
            Que l'horizon, saisi d'un rose tremblement,
              M'obeit.]
      - Chanticleer (act II, sc. 3) [Self-love]

I fall back dazzled at beholding myself all rosy red,
  At having, I myself, caused the sun to rise.
    [Fr., Je recule
      Ebloui de me voir moi meme tout vermeil
        Et d'avoir, moi, le coq, fait elever le soleil.]
      - Chanticleer (act II, sc. 3) [Self-love]

Malebranche would have it that not a soul is left; we humbly think that there still are hearts.
  [Fr., Malebranche dirait qu'il n'y a plus une ame:
    Nous pensons humblement qu'il reste encor des coeurs.]
      - Chanticleer--Prelude [Heart]

A kiss, when all is said, what is it?
  . . . a rosy dot
    Placed on the "i" in loving; 'tis a secret
      Told to the mouth instead of to the ear.
      - Cyrano de Bergerac [Kisses]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

'Tis my soul
  That I thus hold erect as if with stays,
    And decked with daring deeds instead of ribbons,
      Twirling my wit as it were my moustache,
        The wile I pass among the crowd, I make
          Bold truths ring out like spurs.
      - Cyrano de Bergerac [Soul]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Your name hangs in my heart like a bell's tongue.
      - Cyrano de Bergerac [Names]   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  


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